Black Tide

Battered by rough seas, a breached tanker begins to sink...

The Prestige was built in Japan in 1976 and was scheduled to be phased out in 2005. The tanker was carrying 84,849 tons of heavy fuel oil, bound for Singapore

NOV. 5-12 Tanker sails from Latvia, passing Spanish coast

NOV. 13 Flooding begins; crew evacuated

NOV. 14 Spain won't allow ship to approach coast and forces it out to sea

NOV. 15 Breach opens in vessel, which is towed to calmer waters

NOV. 19 Tanker breaks in two and sinks


1 When the oil was loaded, two...

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