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Eco disaster after tanker sinks off Greece

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Authorities are working to clean-up an oil spill caused by a small tanker that sank on Saturday, off a Greek island, in the Saronic Gulf, leading to a major marine pollution.

The Aghia Zoni II tanker sank while anchored off Salamina island’s eastern coast, with a cargo of 2,200 tons of fuel oil and 370 tons of marine gas oil onboard. Officials informed that a considerable part of coastline has “turned black”, while people nearby suffer intense smell and eye ache.

“This is a huge environmental and financial disaster,” the island’s mayor was quoted as saying by local media.

At the time of the accident, there were two crew members onboard , who were rescued by a nearby vessel. The cause of the incident is yet to be revealed.

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