Chemical-filled X-Press Pearl ship threatens Sri Lankan marine life – BBC News

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    A sinking cargo ship filled with tonnes of chemicals and plastics is threatening marine life off the coast of Sri Lanka.

    Efforts to tow the Singapore-registered X-Press Pearl into deeper water to limit its environmental impact failed, officials said.

    Hundreds of tonnes of oil could leak into the sea, with some warning it would “destroy the whole bottom of the sea”.

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