Tanker crashes into island

A tanker has sparked environmental fears in the Indian Ocean by crashing into Christmas Island, 220 miles south of Indonesia.

The Panama-registered ship, Tycoon, spread part of its phosphate load across a reef in Flying Fish Cove, the island’s capital, yesterday.

It was forced against a sea wall by strong wind and big waves and eyewitnesses told Australia’s Daily Telegraph that the hull was starting to break up.

The Australian Navy and Federal Police have rescued 15 crew members from the vessel.

Click here to see a picture of the accident.