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Senegal crews trying to move boat spilling fuel

Updated at: 08/06/2013 2:35 PM
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(AP) DAKAR, Senegal - Senegalese authorities say they’re trying to raise a marooned boat that is leaking diesel fuel into the ocean off the coast of the capital.

Bakary Ndiaye, a communications adviser for the environmental ministry, said Tuesday that officials also are trying to extract fuel from the boat to minimize the damage.

The Spanish-owned vessel ran aground late Friday near the Madeleine Islands, a scenic area not far from Dakar that has long been popular with tourists.

The boat, which has a Mauritanian fishing license, had refueled in Dakar and authorities say it was not immediately clear what it was doing near the islands.

Some 45,000 liters (nearly 12,000 gallons) of diesel fuel was onboard at the time and has been leaking into the ocean for several days.

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