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Galapagos: cargo ship salvage expected to take weeks

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Galapagos: cargo ship salvage expected to take weeks

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Authorities in the Galapagos are continuing to remove cargo from a freight vessel stranded off San Cristobal.

Officials say it could take up to four weeks to salvage the ship, which ran aground earlier this month loaded with food and other supplies.

The cost of the rescue is expected to exceed 4 million euros.

The government of Ecuador declared a state of emergency to enable the quick release of funds necessary to complete the removal of the freighter without causing serious environmental damage.

The Galapagos’ unique flora and fauna are a major tourist attraction, particularly for divers.