According to Tobago Disaster Management data, the oil slick is 11.6 kilometers long, and the capsized ship was found west of the coast near the mainland.
The oil spill has damaged part of the coral reef off the coast of Scarborough
– According to the American international broadcaster Voice of America (VoA). Authorities also fear that the oil spill could endanger fish and other marine life.
According to an MTI report, Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Keith Rowley described the incident as a real disaster in a press conference held on Sunday local time.
The ship was found without its crew
According to information, the ship collided with a coral reef on Wednesday when oil began leaking from it. Voice of America Radio said that the authorities received a report about the capsized ship on the same day, but did not receive an emergency call from the crew, adding that the authorities found the ship without its crew.
Pictures taken at the scene show state oil company workers trying to contain the oil spill. According to the BBC, nearly 1,000 volunteers joined efforts to clean up the contaminated oil, while divers tried to isolate the source of the spill. The abandoned ship was identified as the Gulfstream. According to Tobago's Prime Minister Farley Augustine, due to the escalation of events
The government can classify the situation as a higher level 3 disaster.
The disaster struck Tobago just in time for the carnival season, one of the most important local tourism events. The island nation of Trinidad and Tobago, located off the coast of Venezuela, was under British colonial rule until independence in 1958.
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