Possible Oil Leak due to X Press Pearl cargo ship disaster – Large oil spill visible in satellite images, reports SkyNews

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Possible Oil Leak Sri Lanka cargo ship disaster Large oil spill visible in satellite images
Possible Oil Leak Sri Lanka cargo ship disaster Large oil spill visible in satellite images

A large oil slick surrounding the damaged container ship in Sri Lanka has been captured in satellite images. The X-Press Pearl began to sink on 2 June after a fire broke out on board. The ship was laden with chemicals.

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The incident has been described as Sri Lanka’s “worst marine ecological disaster”. Images showing dead turtles washing ashore and beaches covered in plastic pellets have emerged as authorities issued a ban on fishing in the area.

A dead turtle that has washed up on the beach following the disaster. Pic: The Mighty Roar
Image:A dead turtle that has washed up on the beach following the disaster. Pic: The Mighty Roar

Now, satellite images reveal a huge oil slick has poured into the water surrounding the damaged vessel. The images, taken on Monday, show the slick is several hundred metres long. Although a part of the ship has sunk to the seabed, large sections of the wrecked ship can also be clearly seen in the images.

Via – SkyNews

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