Two beaches closed in Ibiza due to oil slick

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12 July 2007, IBIZA - Two beaches on the Spanish holiday island of Ibiza were closed Thursday over oil washing ashore from a sunken freighter, officials said.

12 July 2007

IBIZA - Two beaches on the Spanish holiday island of Ibiza were closed Thursday over oil washing ashore from a sunken freighter, officials said.

The beaches were Talamanca and Ses Figueretes in the east of the Balearic Island. Officials described the measure as preventative, saying the oil did not represent a health risk.

An oil slick about four kilometres long formed after the MS Don Pedro hit an islet close to the port of Ibiza and sank on Wednesday. The 20 people on board were rescued unharmed.

Cleaners were removing oil from beaches and the sea. Divers managed to seal two of the three leaks in the tanks of the wreck, which had initially contained 200 tons of fuel.

The accident was attributed to human error. The ship was transporting lorries from Ibiza to Valencia.

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Subject: Spanish news

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