CHERBOURG, France (AP) -- Highly toxic chemicals have leaked from an Italian tanker that sank off France's Atlantic coast, French officials said Wednesday.
Maritime police issued an urgent warning to boats, telling them to stay at least 3.7 miles from the site where the Ievoli Sun tanker sank northwest of Alderney, one of the Channel Islands. Meanwhile, scientists went to sea to take water and air samples and test the extent of the leak.
The tanker, which went down Tuesday, was carrying 6,000 tons of dangerous chemicals -- mostly styrene, which is used to make plastics, rubber and resins. Officials said a strong odor of chemicals was coming from the site.
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