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South Korean: Captains of Barge Caused Oil Spill Arrested

The South Korean captains of a barge have been arrested on charges of causing the accident

The South Korean captains of a barge have been arrested on charges of causing the accident that led to South Korea's worst-ever oil spill, a coast guard official said Tuesday.

The Dec. 7 a wire linking the barge and tugboat was cut in high winds, and barge slammed into a Hong Kong-registered supertanker.

The tanker leaked 78,920 barrels of oil into South Korea's western waters, jeopardizing the ecosystem and blackening beaches.

The spill was nearly a third of the size of the 1989 Exxon Valdez disaster that sent 260,000 barrels of oil into Alaska's Prince William Sound.