Oil from Russian trawler wreck reaches Canaries' beaches

Picture taken on April 12, 2015 by Spanish Salvamento Maritimo shows Russian trawler the Oleg Neydenov being towed out to sea af
Picture taken on April 12, 2015 by Spanish Salvamento Maritimo shows Russian trawler the Oleg Neydenov being towed out to sea after a fire broke out on board while it was moored at Las Palmas port

Oil from the wreck of a Russian trawler that sank off the Canary Islands last week has washed up on the beaches of the picturesque tourist islands, Spain said.

"On Thursday and the morning (of Friday), 200 cubic meters (7,000 cubic feet) of with oil residues were recovered. On the beaches, 200 kilograms (440 pounds) of oil have been removed," the government said in a statement.

Specialists are ready to intervene if more fuel reaches the islands' shores, it added.

The Oleg Neydenov was carrying nearly 1,500 tonnes of when it sank on April 15 in an area environmentalists say is home to deep-sea coral and a significant population of dolphins and turtles.

An underwater robot on Tuesday discovered the wreck at a depth of 2,700 metres (8,850 feet), some 15 miles (24 kilometres) off the southern coast of Gran Canaria island.

Bad weather has since prevented the authorities from plugging the leak and Greenpeace said the has extended for over 100 kilometres.

Spain said two turtles and seven birds were being treated after being found covered in oil.

The Canary Islands, off the coast of northwest Africa, are a tourist hotspot, welcoming some 10 million visitors a year.


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BSD
Apr 25, 2015
Oh, you mean the notorious Russian fishing ground raider that was scuttled by it's captain to avoid capture and arrest?

That one?

Nothing unusual here, Russian arrogance rarely recognises sovereignty and the environment matters nothing to them either.

Apr 25, 2015
This is to Deep Horizons as a kitchen match is to a hydrogen bomb.

Unfortunate, and in a very sensitive area, but minor in the great scheme of things.

Had Repsol been allowed to continue the potential damage would have been orders of magnitude greater.

Meanwhile, has there been any information gathered on the cause of the fire?

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