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After the ship's sinking an oil Spill threatens the coast of France

It could hit the beaches in La Rochelle, Biarritz and the Vendée: After the sinking of a container ship in front of France's West coast has formed a kilometre-long Oil slick. Special ships to fight on the way.

After the sinking of a container ship in the Bay of Biscay threaten France's West coast, a dramatic impact: According to competent authority in Brest, around ten kilometers long and about one Kilometer wide Oil slick floating on the sea.

"We are faced with a Spill, which will sooner or later reach our shores," said France's environment Minister, François de Rugy of the channel Public Sénat. He feared that it might already be on Sunday or Monday. Of a plane should be observed, where the Oil trader.

A special ship to combat pollution of the sea is in the morning, the place of the accident. Also, the European Agency for Maritime safety and security was turned on in the fight against pollution. According to sea Prefecture in Brest, the conditions are currently not easy: The sea was very rough, and waves reached a height of up to six meters.

Also, the dangerous goods on Board

The Hamburg-coming and under the Italian-flagged freighter, was caught on Tuesday in a fire and is about 330 kilometres off the French coast and sank. The ship had dangerous goods on Board. The content of 45 containers will be classified by the authorities as dangerous. In addition, the "Grande America" around 2200 tons of heavy fuel oil on Board had, as the station France info reported. On the 214-Meter long ship around 2000 vehicles.

tourist resorts threatened

According to the Prefecture, 27 people aboard the vessel were rescued by a British ship of war. The "Grande America" was on the way to Casablanca in Morocco.

The West coast of France attracts many tourists in summer, popular, among other things, the historical port town of La Rochelle, the beaches of the Vendée, or, the island of Île d'oléron. In the close to the Spanish border, opposite the seaside resort of Biarritz President Emmanuel Macron wants to host in August to the summit of the seven major industrial countries (G7).

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