Cape penguins treated after oil spill

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An aerial view of the three sections of the wreck of the Seli 1 shows a trail of oil spreading towards the beach at Bloubergstrand. Picture: City of Cape Town

Cape Town - Fifteen penguins have been captured on Robben Island and treated after being covered with oil following a spill on the Cape Town coastline, the City of Cape Town said on Monday.

A vessel, identified as the SELI 1, began leaking oil between Cape Town Harbour and Robben Island on Friday night.

Cape Town disaster risk management centre spokesman Wilfred Solomons-Johannes said the mopping up of the oil began at 7am on Monday morning.

Aerial surveillance indicated that much of the oil seen leaking from the vessel at the weekend had been cleared up.

“There is also no oil spotted between the SELI 1 wreckage and Robben Island; however black streaks are visible from the centre of the vessel for 400 metres moving to the north...,” he said. - Sapa


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