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Shipwreck lifeboat drifts from Tristan da Cunha to Australia

A battered lifeboat has washed up on a beach in South Australia, nearly two years after drifting away from the wreck of the MS Oliva near Tristan da Cunha. It floated about 5,000 miles from Nightingale Island, where the ship ran aground after duty officers mistook the island’s radar shadow for a heavy rain cloud, and …

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Revealed: blunders that caused Tristan da Cunha wreck disaster

Last year’s shipwreck disaster on Tristan da Cunha was caused by a drowsy officer who thought Nightingale Island was a rain cloud, an investigation has revealed. The chief mate of the MS Oliva failed to change course when Tristan’s sister island showed up on radar, and the ship ploughed on to rocks. People on Tristan spent weeks trying to save …

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Tristan shipwreck disaster report due ‘shortly’

A report on the cause of the shipwreck that sparked an environmental disaster for Tristan da Cunha is expected shortly, according to a senior official of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London. St Helena Online had received a complaint about secrecy surrounding the grounding of the MS Oliva on Nightingale Island, leading to a fuel …

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How photo-blogger told America about island oil disaster

Photographer Andrew Evans arrived on the world’s most remote inhabited island just days after the bulk carrier MS Oliva was shipwrecked, creating an environmental disaster. The ship releasing an oil slick that was to kill hundreds of endangered rockhopper penguins – and for a few days, it went unreported in the world’s media. Evans had …

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Tristan penguin rescuers triumph – maybe

Efforts by the people of Tristan da Cunha to rescue birds in last year’s oil spill disaster appear to have been a great success, against enormous odds. A count appears to show little impact on breeding among the island’s endangered rockhopper penguin colonies after the MS Oliva broke up on rocks. But oil and cargo released into the South Atlantic from the …

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