Aerial images of the Japanese-owned MV Wakashio ship that ran aground on a coral reef off the shores of Mauritius, July 25. The container is leaking tons of oil into a protected marine park, home to mangrove forests and endangered species.
READ MORE: A Japanese bulk carrier that ran aground on a reef in Mauritius last month threatening a marine ecological disaster around the Indian Ocean island has broken apart, authorities said on Saturday.
The condition of the MV Wakashio was worsening early Saturday and it split up by the afternoon, the Mauritius National Crisis Committee said.
"At around 4:30 p.m., a major detachment of the vessel’s forward section was observed," it said in a statement. "On the basis of the experts’ advice, the towing plan is being implemented."
The vessel struck a coral reef on July 25, spilling about 1,000 metric tons of fuel oil and endangering corals, fish and other marine life in what some scientists have called the country’s worst ecological disaster.