Spanish coast hit by oil spill

13th October 2008, Comments 0 comments

Heavy storms over the weekend cause freighter ships to crash into Spain’s southern coast and inflict damage and death on the mainland.

13 October 2008

ALGECIRAS -- Several hundred metres of Spain's southern coastline were polluted with diesel oil spilled from two freighters over the weekend in heavy storms.

The two freighters, both from Liberia, ran onto ground in the Bay of Algeciras over the weekend, leaking fuel from their tanks.

The first freighter, the Fedra, ran into boulders around Gibraltar Saturday and broke apart after losing its anchor during a storm. Its 31-member crew were rescued by helicopter.

The crew of the second freighter, the Tawe, remained aboard as their boat was tugged into the harbour.

The spilled oil also affected a nature reserve. But authourities said they are not worried about long-term effects since diesel fuel is relatively easy to clean up, compared to heavy oil.

The storm also hit the Spanish mainland. Six people were injured in the storm. The roof of a house in Algeciras collapsed, while a tree fell onto a bus in Seville. Continued heavy rains on Sunday flooded some Madrid streets and cellars.

It also forced changes to the traditional air show in honour of the Spanish national holiday, canceling participation by helicopters and parachutes.

The storm also caused two deaths Friday, when a British woman and her daughter drowned while trying to cross a ditch near Valencia.

[Dpa / Expatica]

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