Diesel spilt from derelict Torridge Estuary dredger

More than 100 gallons of diesel have been recovered after a spill from a derelict dredger in Devon.

The Environment Agency skimmed the oil from the Torridge Estuary after a sheen of oil was reported near the Appledore boatyard.

Diesel was found leaking from a corroded fuel tank on the dredger.

Officials, who also mopped up fuel from the foreshore using absorbents, said they would try to recover the cost of the clean-up from the vessel's owner.

All the recovered fuel was transferred to containers and taken away by the Agency for safe disposal.

The Environment Agency said there were a number of similar derelict vessels on the Torridge Estuary.

Some have been purchased by owners who plan to turn them into houseboats.

Spokesman Andrew Leyman said: "People who buy these types of boat must be fully aware of their liabilities and ensure their vessels do not pose a pollution risk to the environment.

"Owners should check vessels and, if necessary, remove any surplus fuel if the craft is left on the foreshore for long periods of time."

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