On 5 November 1973, the oil tanker Golar Patricia broke in two following three violent explosions and sank 130 miles off the Canary Islands.
One of the 43 crew members was killed in the accident and 10,000 tonnes of bunker fuel leaked out of the tanks and into the sea.
Name: Golar Patricia
Date: 5 November 1973
Accident area: 130 miles off the Canary Islands
Cause of spill: explosion
Type of pollutant: bunker oil
Quantity spilled: 10,000 tonnes
Ship type: oil tanker
Date built: 1969
Last update: April 2006