Aiding the South Koreans


SEOUL, South Korea – A team of U.S. Coast Guard experts arrived in South Korea on Thursday to help with the country’s worst oil spill, as hundreds of vessels struggled in bad weather to contain the disaster for a seventh day.

The three American Coast Guard officials have significant hands-on experience with oil-spill management and will help draw up containment measures jointly with Korean experts, the Korean Coast Guard said in a statement.

The largest oil spill in South Korean history on Dec. 7 released about 66,000 barrels into the sea off the west coast, devastating hundreds of seafood farms and turning scenic beaches black. The volume was more than twice as much as South Korea’s worst previous spill in 1995.

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