Tuesday 20 February 2018

Emergency teams race to contain oil slick after ferry crash at popular holiday resort

Canary Islands File photo: Getty
Canary Islands File photo: Getty

Sonya Dowsett and Maria Vega Paul

Emergency teams in the Canary Islands raced on Saturday to contain a three-kilometre oil slick caused by a ferry crashing into underwater fuel pipes, the regional government said in a statement.

The regional government activated emergency plans to control and clean up the nearly two-mile spill around Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and Telde, the two main towns on the Spanish resort island of Gran Canaria, the regional government said.

No one at the emergency services or government could be reached for further comment on Saturday.

The ferry crashed into a pier where the pipes were located late on Friday after suffering a technical fault that caused a power cut, a spokesman for operating company Naviera Armas on Saturday.

Thirteen passengers on board a ferry were injured and five were taken to hospital. 

The crash happened as the ferry was leaving the Puerta de la Luz on Gran Canaria on Friday night.

TV images show the ferry hitting the breakwater head-on, sending chunks of the concrete wall tumbling down onto a service road.

The company said that the ferry was able to dock following the accident and that the passengers had been placed in hotels.


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