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Container ship disaster : Oil slick France could reach on Sunday

After the sinking of the container ship, the "Grande America" in the Bay of Biscay, France is fighting against a threatening oil Spill. It was formed around ten kilometers long and about one Kilometer wide Oil slick, informed the competent sea Prefecture, on Wednesday evening in Brest.

in the Atlantic ocean, driving Oil slick could reach according to the assessment of France's environmental Minister, François de Rugy of the Bay of Biscay, off already on Sunday or Monday, the coast. "We are faced with a Spill, which will sooner or later reach our shores," said De Rugy on Thursday the channel Public Sénat. Now it should be observed from an airplane, where the Oil trader.

A special ship to combat pollution of the sea is expected on Thursday morning on-the-spot. Also, the European Agency for Maritime safety and security was turned on in the fight against pollution.

The conditions are simple: The sea was very rough, and waves reached a height of up to six meters, reported the Prefecture.

The Hamburg-coming and under the Italian-flagged freighter was caught in a fire, and on Tuesday around 330 kilometers from the French coast, sank in the Bay of Biscay.

The West coast of France attracts many tourists in summer, popular 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).

The ship had dangerous goods on Board. The content of 45 containers will be classified as dangerous, had informed the sea Prefecture before. In addition, the "Grande America" around 2200 tons of heavy fuel oil on Board had, as the station France info reported.The 214-Meter-long boat carrying up to 2000 vehicles, had to get strong. The environment Minister, François de Rugy warned of a possible sea pollution.

According to the Prefecture, 27 people were on Board the ship, they were rescued by the British warship "HMS Argyll". The ship was on the way to Casablanca in Morocco. (dpa)

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