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Sri Lanka braces for marine pollution as remains of X-press Pearl sinks off Colombo

As salvage experts failed to tow fire-stricken X-press Pearl, the remains are now sinking off the port of Colombo. The incident is a "a terrible environmental disaster," says environmentalist, while Sri Lanka is preparing a compensation claim.

Photo: Lakruwan Wanniarachchi/AFP/Ritzau Scanpix

Salvage experts failed to tow fire-stricken X-press Pearl carrying chemicals out to sea as it started to sink Wednesday off Sri Lanka's main port, raising fears of a marine environmental disaster, officials said.

X-Press Feeders, operators of the container ship, said the experts were able to board the vessel and attach a tow line, but "efforts to move the ship to deeper waters have failed."

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