China is battling to stop an oil spill off its north-east coast from seeping into international waters.
At least one person has been killed during the clean up operation after falling overboard and drowning in the slick.
A fierce fire followed explosions in two pipelines and the resulting spill is threatening livelihoods.
One fisherman said: “No-one will buy our catch in the market because of the smell of oil. We won’t make any money from them.”
Oil is said to be 20 centimetres thick along parts of the coast near the city of Dalian.
Officials say an area of ocean covering 430 square kilometres is now polluted with heavy winds dispersing the slick more widely.
The dramatic rescue of a clean up worker was captured by a cameraman from Greenpeace.
The environmental group – which says it is in attendance to ensure the authorities do not attempt to downplay the event – claims the spill is China’s worst in recent memory.