A New Zealand Air Force helicopter winches a salvage expert onto the stricken container ship Rena, about 12 nautical miles (22 km) from Tauranga, on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island, more than a week after hitting the Astrolabe Reef. Oil tanks on the 47,230-tonne Liberian-flagged Rena threatening to break in half off the New Zealand coast have survived a pounding by heavy seas, salvage experts said on Thursday as the ship's owners apologized for the large clumps of oil washed up on beaches.
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