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Saturday, March 2, 2013

Oil Spill from Myanmar's sank vessel in Pangasinan reached the white sand beaches of Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte

The alleged cause of oil spill in Ilocos Sur's  white sand beaches came from the Myanmar's vessel sank off in Bolinao Pangasinan earlier last month. It already reached as far as Bacarra coastal plains in Ilocos Norte according to news from GMA 48 'Balitang Ilokano'.

At least eight coastal towns in Ilocos Sur including the white sand beaches of Santiago, Ilocos Sur were affected by the said oil spill Monday night. And according from a news from DZTP Radyo Tirad Pass a report has been sent to them that there are tourists at famous Suso Public Beach Resort in Sta. Maria, Ilocos Sur went home without enjoying the beach due to oil spill in the area.

A Coast Guard Northwestern Luzon oil spill response team started water sampling and placed oil spill booms in the area to prevent the spill from spreading.The Coast Guard said the spill was spotted 10 nautical miles Northwest of Bolinao, were the M/V Harita Bauxite reportedly sank early morning of February 17.
It said the cargo vessel was bound for Ningbo, China from Obi, Indonesia when it encountered engine trouble.The ship eventually sank some 12 nautical miles from the shoreline of Bolinao. Earlier, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said the MV Harita Bauxite encountered engine trouble and sank some 10.8 nautical miles north-northwest off Cape Bolinao in Pangasinan.At least one crewmember was reported killed in the sinking.
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