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  Turtles and birds at risk from oil spill
Updated 13 September 2002, 20.53
The Jolly Rubino ship
A damaged ship is leaking oil off the east coast of South Africa close to a bird sanctuary.

The Jolly Rubino ran aground near the Saint Lucia Wetland Park on Thursday.

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The 22 crew members abandoned ship after it caught fire.

Poisonous


The ship was also carrying a container filled with highly poisonous chemicals, including one called phenol.

It's found in resins and household appliances. It can cause muscle weakness, loss of coordination, paralysis and even coma.

The wetland itself is protected by a sandbank, but the beach, which is home to turtles, is now under threat.

There are all sorts of wildlife there from flamingos to crocodiles.

The rescue of the ship can't start till the fire's put out.

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