The captain of the Japanese freighter, which ran aground off the coast of Mauritius in late July and spilled about 1,000 tons of fuel in the area, was arrested on Tuesday, according to the country’s authorities.
Sunil Kumar Nandeshwar, captain of the freighter ‘Wakashio’ and his ‘number two’, Tilak Ratna Suboda, are questioned by the Mauritian police at the central police station, according to the newspaper ‘Le Mauricien’.
Both were arrested after several crew members suggested that the captain was not in the cabin when the ship ran aground. The two were charged with “endangering shipping” under the Maritime Piracy Act 2011 and are due to appear in court on August 25.
The incident occurred when the cargo ship carrying around 4,000 tons of crude oil ran aground off the island’s coast, known for its transparent waters and native flora and fauna.