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Trawler, Oil Tanker Collide

May 13, 1990

LONDON (AP) _ A British trawler and a 275,000-ton Liberian-registered oil tanker collided Saturday in the English Channel and an estimated 1,000 tons of oil spilled into the sea, the government said.

The spill threatened some of Britain’s best holiday beaches.

The Brixham Coast Guard said the tanker Rosebay was on its way from the Persian Gulf to the Swedish port of port of Brofjorden with its cargo of oil when the collision occurred about 14 miles off the southern coast of England. No injuries were reported.

The coast guard said the trawler, the English-registered Dionne Marie, arrived safely at the port of Kingswear, about 10 miles northeast of Start Point, Devon.

The tanker was still at the scene of the collision with its crew on board. Authorities said it might need repairs to continue its voyage.

Six Dakota aircraft operated by the Department of Transport’s Marine Pollution Control Unit sprayed the oil with dispersal detergent for nearly four hours, the department said.

A reconnaissance plane was to fly over on Sunday to see if more spraying was needed.

A Department of Transport spokesman said the tanker’s master had reported losing about 1,000 tons - or about 294,000 gallons - of oil. The officer on the tanker was able to halt the spillage by tranferring the remaining oil to another tank.

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