Oil slick seen near Concordia

2012-01-23 23:09

Rome - Italian officials co-ordinating the rescue and anti-pollution efforts on the  say an oily film has been spotted about 300m from the capsized vessel.

The film was spotted on Monday by officials flying in a helicopter and by residents of Giglio island.

Samples are being analyzed, the officials say, but preliminary observations indicate the slick is a light oil and not from heavy fuel inside the Concordia's tanks.

Absorbent panels immediately put around the area seem to have at least partially absorbed the oil.

Earlier, officials said experts can begin pumping tons of heavy fuel from the ship as early as Tuesday to avert a possible environmental catastrophe in the area.

- SAPA
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