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Environmental accident prevented

An environmental accident was prevented when the pumping of oil out of side tanks of the Cypriot vessel Wilson Muuga, which is stranded off the coast of Iceland, finished yesterday.

There is still some oil left in the holds of the ship, which will be emptied next week. Kristján Geirsson of the Environment and Food Agency of Iceland said the most serious danger to the environment has passed. Fréttabladid reports.

Eight men were aboard the stranded ship for almost two days and nights to pump oil out of it. They managed to bring over 80 tons of oil ashore.

Despite their efforts, nearly 50 tons of oil leaked into the ocean.

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