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Ships wreck in English Channel

Two cargo ships collided Saturday in the English Channel.

BY SUSAN KIM | BALTIMORE | December 14, 2002

Two cargo ships collided Saturday in the English Channel. No one was injured even though one of the vessels sank along with some 2,800 cars it was carrying, according to reports from the French coast guard.

The submerged ship is the Norwegian ship Tricolor. It collided with the Kariba, a container ship from the Bahamas, and its crew was able to escape by lifeboat. The two wrecked some 30 miles east of Ramsgate, England in heavy fog, according to a report from Britain's coast guard.

Workers were putting a barrier around the submerged ship Saturday morning to contain any fuel oil leaks. The ship was carrying 2,000 tons of fuel oil but as of Saturday morning none had leaked, according to the French coast guard.

"All the lives have been saved and our action now will involve providing nautical safety around the wreck," read a statement from the French government.

The Tricolor was bound for Southampton. The damaged Kariba was returning to Belgium Saturday, escorted by a Belgian warship. It was originally bound for France.

Shipping in the area had largely returned to normal by mid-morning Saturday.

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