An­dros strug­gles to limit pollution from ship­wreck

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Ef­forts to pre­vent the sea around An­dros be­ing pol­luted af­ter a cargo ves­sel ran aground off the Cy­cladic is­land on De­cem­ber 24 are fac­ing dif­fi­culty due to stormy weather in the area.

Strong winds forced the Cabr­era, which was sail­ing to Fin­land, onto rocks on the north­ern coast of An­dros just be­fore Christ­mas. It was car­ry­ing 3,400 tons of fer­ronickel. All nine crew mem­bers were res­cued but sub­se­quent rough weather has led to the ves­sel sink­ing and ef­forts to con­tain the pollution be­ing ham­pered.

The ship is es­ti­mated to still con­tain around 20 tons of fuel and at­tempts to con­tain any slicks us­ing pro­tec­tive nets have been dis­rupted due to high winds. A team of 35 peo­ple has been tasked with clean­ing the coast near the ship but it is ex­pected that con­di­tions will worsen in the com­ing days.

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