(PARIS, France.) JUST IN: Authorities are working to contain an oil spill off the Atlantic coast after an Italian tanker sank west of La Rochelle after a fire and rescue teams saving all 27 people aboard: A cleanup ship is due in the area on Thursday #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Mar.14: French authorities are working to contain an oil spill off the Atlantic Coast after an Italian tanker sank following a fire: French and British rescue teams saved all 27 people aboard the Grande America after it sank Tuesday, according to a French government statement.

Images released Thursday by the French navy showed flames and plumes of black smoke spewing from the ship as it listed sharply: The regional maritime authority says the ship has since leaked oil over an area of about 10 kilometres (6 miles) long and one kilometre wide.

A French cleanup ship was expected in the area Thursday: France has also reached out to the European Maritime Security Agency for help: The ship sank about 330 kilometres (200 miles) west of the French city of La Rochelle.

#AceNewsDesk report ………..Associated Press Published: March.14: 2019:

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