Athenians Swim in Oil Coated Beaches as Pollution Damages Sea-Bed (video)

Monday, September 18th, 2017
Last Update: 12:26

Despite authorities assuring the people of Greece that the oil spillage caused by the sinking of a tanker last Sunday is gradually being put under control, environmental groups and local authorities in the towns around the Saronic Gulf say that the situation is still critical.

In spite of the government’s announcement that at least 800 tons of heavy fuel oil has been pumped, local authorities continue to say that as soon as one cleaning operation is completed, a new oil spill appears and coats the coast again.

Also, although authorities have cordoned off many of the beaches in the southern suburbs of Athens that are gravely covered in oil, there were people spotted swimming in the polluted waters.

Meanwhile, the Archipelago environmental group published a video of the sea bed near Salamis Island where the Agia Zoni II sank.

The images show that the oil stuck to the bottom of the sea has been turned into compact large pieces. The Archipelago group said that the damage to the ecosystem is immeasurable.

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