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Captain and first officer sentenced to prison after grounding in Mauritius

Both the captain and the first officer that ran the vessel MV Wakashio aground in Mauritius have been sentenced to prison, according to several media. Both have been in custody for almost 16 months and are expected to be released shortly, BBC reports.

Photo: Mobilisation Nationale Wakashio/Reuters/Ritzau Scanpix

The captain and first officer who were the reason that the Japanese-owned vessel MV Wakashio ran aground on a coral reef in Mauritius have been sentenced to 20 months in prison, several media including BBC News reports.

Approximately 1,000 tonnes of fuel leaked from the vessel into the ocean when the vessel ran aground in 2020, which resulted in an ecological disaster in Mauritius.

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