Sunday, February 18, 2007

Stranded Dutch Cargo Ship Off Spanish Coast Releases Toxic Gas

Toxic gas is rising from a fertiliser-laden Dutch ship stranded off the northwest coast of Spain after a fire, Spanish media reported. The regional Galicia government named the vessel as the Dutch cargo ship Ostedijk, and a national government spokesman confirmed media reports that said the 6,000-tonne ship was under tow to move it away from inhabited coastal areas.
The ship, making for Valencia, sent out a distress call early on Saturday when it was off the Spanish port of La Coruna, and is currently 12 miles (19 km) off the Spanish coast. The coast guard was not immediately available for comment.

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