RIO DE JANEIRO, March 20 (AFP) -
Crippled by a series of mysterious explosions, the world's largest offshore
oil rig sunk into the Atlantic Ocean on Tuesday, the state-owned oil company
The accident has sparked fears of a massive
oil spill, despite assurances from Petrobras that the slick would not wash
up on the beach.
The 210-meter-high (690-foot-high) rig,
which had been in operation less than a year, took more than 1.5 million
liters (330,000 gallons) of oil with it as it headed 1,368 meters (4,514
feet) down to the ocean floor.