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Sunken Boat Sparks Strangford Lough Fuel Spill Fears

29th January 2017
The location of the sunken vessel at the end of Cook Street Quay south of Portaferry The location of the sunken vessel at the end of Cook Street Quay south of Portaferry Photo: OpenStreetMap

#StrangfordLough - Leaking fuel from a submerged boat in Strangford Lough has promoted environmental concerns, as BelfastLive reports.

The three-masted vessel, which has been moored in Portaferry Harbour for some time, crashed into the quay, and sank on Friday (27 January).

And there are now fears of a major pollution incident after some of the 1,000 litres of diesel still on board began leaking into the lough.

The nearby Exploris Aquarium has among others taken the precaution of closing its intake from Strangford Lough, which is a Special Protection Area for marine wildlife.

BelfastLive has more on the story HERE.

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