Ship sinks off the coast of Gran Canaria

Lifeguards rescue FOUR including two 6-year-olds off Cala Mijo beach in Spain's Águilas. Image: Ines Porada/

THE Oleg Naydenov, a Russian fishing ship with 1,400 tonnes of fuel oil, sank on Tuesday night (April 14) off the coast of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Canary Islands).

A fire broke out inside the boat on Saturday (April 11), when it was docked at the Reina Sofia Port in Las Palmas, forcing authorities to tow it away from the coast.

Authorities were not able to extinguish the fire, and the ship finally sunk yesterday at around 10.45pm 24-kilometres off Maspalomas, according to the information released by Salvamento Maritimo (Spanish sea search and rescue service).

The Sasemar 305 plane and three other ships have been sent to the area to immediately react in case of an oil spillage.

Salvamento Maritimo has so far confirmed the presence of a small amount of fuel but explained that it is drifting away from the coast, in a southeast direction.

The Development Ministry has been put in charge of the case and has declared the minimum emergency level.

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