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Rena stern section slips off reef

Tuesday, 10 January 2012 11:00 a.m.


As at 10.38am, the foremost part of the stern was still sticking up out of the water, with the rest - including the bridge - submerged.

The bow section remains unchanged in place on the reef.

Personnel from Maritime New Zealand and Svitzer Salvage have been airborne to monitor the slow progression of the stern into the sea since the vessel's status began to change rapidly after 8.30am today.

Information about any further release of oil, debris or containers from the Rena will be released as soon as it is available.

Footage and photographs from this morning's flights will be made available to the media as soon as possible.

ENDS

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