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Pollution fears after cruise ship sinks

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Pollution fears after cruise ship sinks


A clean-up operation has been launched to deal with a small oil slick coming from a Greek cruise ship which ran aground on Thursday in the Aegean. The remaining onboard fuel is being pumped from the vessel which eventually sank yesterday, off the nearby island of Santorini. It is currently lying about 200 metres beneath the surface.

The area is a picturesque holiday destination and the authorities are trying to keep pollution to a minimum. Divers are also continuing to search for two missing French tourists – a 45 year old man and his 16 year old daughter. The man’s wife and son managed to swim to safety.

More than 1500 people were evacuated when the Sea Diamond ran onto submerged rocks just minutes from shore and quickly started to take on water. Despite several tales of narrow escapes most passengers where successfully transported to port and eventually taken to hotels. The ship’s owners have said an investigation is being launched into how the accident happened.

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