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Senegal crews trying to move boat spilling fuel

Tuesday - 8/6/2013, 1:57pm  ET

A Senegalese fishing boat heads out to sea past a boat that ran aground Friday next to the Madeleine Islands and has begun leaking fuel, just off the coast of Dakar, Senegal, Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013. Senegalese Environment Minister Haidar El Ali said Monday that authorities were trying to do all that they can to contain the spill near the islands, whose waters are home to a diverse array of fish.The boat was carrying some 45,000 liters (nearly 12,000 gallons) of diesel fuel. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- Senegalese authorities say they're trying to raise a marooned boat that is leaking diesel fuel into the ocean off the coast of the capital.

Bakary Ndiaye, a communications adviser for the environmental ministry, said Tuesday that officials also are trying to extract fuel from the boat to minimize the damage.

The Spanish-owned vessel ran aground late Friday near the Madeleine Islands, a scenic area not far from Dakar that has long been popular with tourists.

The boat, which has a Mauritanian fishing license, had refueled in Dakar and authorities say it was not immediately clear what it was doing near the islands.

Some 45,000 liters (nearly 12,000 gallons) of diesel fuel was onboard at the time and has been leaking into the ocean for several days.

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