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Danish divers launch mission to remove oil from a ten-year-old wreck

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Danish divers launch mission to remove oil from a ten-year-old wreck

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Danish divers have launched a major operation in the Baltic Sea in a bid to avert an environmental disaster.

They are trying to remove hundreds of cubic metres of fuel oil which are still on board a Chinese cargo ship which sank ten years ago.

It’s a dangerous mission for the specialist divers who are having to work in depths of around 70 metres to locate the fuel tanks which have corroded and are in danger of leaking.

The Baltic Sea can be very rough and the operation which depends on calm waters could take up to a month to complete.

The Fu Shan Hai sank in 2003 after a collision with a Polish ship causing it to spew out 1000 tons of fuel. Swedish beaches and numerous nearby islands were polluted, badly affecting marine and bird life in the area.