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The Kirki

On July 21 1991 the tanker Kirki lost its bow off the West Australian coast releasing 7,900 tonnes of oil. The loss of the bow also resulted in a fire and the crew had to be evacuated by helicopter. It appeared that an environmental disaster was imminent. Meanwhile back on the land it was crime, crime, and more crime...

Note: As it turned out little oil reached the shore, severe weather conditions and the effects of the Leeuwin Current combined to result in most of the oil being dispersed in the open sea. As for widespread reporting of crime, well that's another story...