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Sonar images reveal ship that sank in 1985 likely source of small oil slicks

A multi-beam sonar image provided by the Canadian Hydrographic Service shows the hull of the Manolis L paper carrier. No fuel is visible in this image. The Canadian Coast Guard used this technology to pinpoint the location of the sunken vessel to deploy a Remote Operated Vehicle that confirmed a small fuel leak from the vessel’s hull.

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The Canadian Coast Guard says it's likely that a sunken ship is the source of small oil slicks that have been spotted near a group of islands off northeastern Newfoundland.

Coast guard spokesman Robert Grant says sonar images and photos taken by a remotely operated submersible vehicle confirm oil is coming from the cracked hull of the Manolis L.

The Liberian-flagged ship sank in Notre Dame Bay on Jan 17, 1985.

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Sonar images show the overturned hull on the bottom of the bay, not far from a small island known as Blow Hard Rock.

Grant says photos taken by the submersible show oil slowly leaking from two cracks in the ship's hull.

He says the coast guard and other federal agencies are determining if the hull can be patched.

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