Tanker taking on water off Galveston

March 6, 2009 12:29:17 PM PST
The Coast Guard says a 900-foot tanker carrying nearly 40 million gallons of crude oil is taking on water in its ballast tanks in the Gulf of Mexico about 65 miles south of Galveston. [SIGN UP: Get headlines and breaking news sent to you]

The Norwegian-flagged tanker SKS Satilla is stable but reporting an 8-degree list to its port side.

The Coast Guard says a flyover by one of its helicopters from Houston showed no signs the ship was leaking any of its cargo. No injuries are reported.

A Coast Guard cutter was en route to the ship Friday afternoon. There was no immediate cause given for the problem.

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