21 crewmen lost their lives as a consequence
of the Panamanian steam tanker Chryssi,
breaking in two in heavy seas about 250 miles SW of Bermuda
on December 26, 1970.
17 others, including the master, were rescued from a lifeboat
by the Norwegian motor vessel Ross Mount two days later.
They reported that the stern section had sunk in lat 31.10N, long 69.30W,
on December 26.
The Chryssi had sailed from the Venezuelan port of El Palito
on December 19 loaded with a cargo of crude oil
bound for Boston Mass.
It was seven days later that disaster struck the vessel.
The breaking in two occured so suddenly that no radio calls
for help were sent.