‘Eco dis­as­ter’ on Salam­ina

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Au­thor­i­ties on the is­land of Salam­ina in the Sa­ronic Gulf said yes­ter­day that an oil spill off the is­land’s eastern coast is spread­ing and has be­come “an en­vi­ron­men­tal dis­as­ter.” The spill was caused by the sink­ing of the Aghia Zoni II tanker on Sat­ur­day, south­west of the islet of Ata­lanti near Psy­talleia. Ac­cord­ing to re­ports, the coast­line stretch­ing from Ki­nosoura to the Selinia com­mu­nity has “turned black” and au­thor­i­ties fear a new leak from the sunken ship. Ac­cord­ing to the is­land’s mayor, Isi­dora Pa­p­athana­siou, the weather “turned on Sun­day afternoon and brought the oil spill to Salam­ina.” “This a huge en­vi­ron­men­tal and fi­nan­cial dis­as­ter, and all the (is­land’s) eastern coast is cov­ered with crude oil,” she said, adding that the “smell is in­tense and our eyes are sting­ing.” The Aghia Zoni II took on wa­ter while it was an­chored and sank at 2.45 a.m., af­ter sailing from the Aspropy­r­gos dis­til­leries in the early hours of Sat­ur­day car­ry­ing 2,200 met­ric tons of fuel oil and 370 met­ric tons of marine gas oil. Its crew of two were res­cued by a nearby ship and taken to shore, where doc­tors at Pi­raeus’s Tzaneio Hospi­tal gave them the all-clear.

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