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A cargo ship carrying thousands of vehicles that caught on fire near the Azores has now sunk into the Atlantic Ocean, officials confirmed on Tuesday.
The Portuguese Navy confirmed on social media that the Felicity Ace sunk about 25 nautical miles outside the limit of the Azores’ economic zone in the Atlantic. The ocean depth, naval officials estimated, is about 10,000 feet in that area.
“The weather was pretty rough out there,” said Pat Adamson, a spokesperson for MOL Ship Management, which operates the vessel, according to Bloomberg News. “And then she sank, which was a surprise.”
After the ship sank, it left debris and a “small patch of oily waste, which is being dispersed by tugboats’ water jets,” the Portuguese Navy said. The site is now being monitored by Portuguese and EU environmental agencies.
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