Oil spill fouls Greek beaches

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Greek au­thor­i­ties scram­bled Thurs­day to clean up fuel leaked by an oil tanker that sank near Athens, putting pop­u­lar beaches off lim­its to swim­mers and rais­ing fears of en­vi­ron­men­tal dam­age.

The Agia Zoni II, a 45-year-old oil tanker, sank early Sun­day near the is­land of Salamis, about 7 miles from the coun­try’s main port, Pi­raeus. It was car­ry­ing more than 2,500 met­ric tons of fuel oil and ma­rine gas oil.

Though the leak was ini­tially thought to be con­tained to the area of the ship­wreck, it soon ex­panded to the coast­line area known as the Athens Riviera.

Evaggelia Si­mou, a res­i­dent of Salam­ina, on the is­land, de­nounced au­thor­i­ties for not tack­ling the oil spill more quickly and fully.

Yor­gos Kara­halis / As­so­ci­ated Press

Work­ers clean spilled oil Thurs­day from a beach in Faliro, a sub­urb of Athens.

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