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30 November 2011

Oil surfaces on Durban beaches

Pockets of oil have surfaced at beaches north of Durban, according to reports.

Residents reported seeing oil on the shores of Zinkwazi, Salt Rock, Zimbali and Blythedale beaches, according to the New Age newspaper.

These were near Sheffield Beach, where the ship MT Phoenix was stranded in July.

The paper quoted SA Maritime Safety Authority executive head Sobantu Tilayi saying they had received a report of a ship leaking oil nearly 580km offshore. Rough seas may have washed the oil to the shoreline, he said.

- Times Live