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Ship sinks off coast of Sri Lanka, creates oil spill

Gemunu Amarasinghe / AP

Oil floats on water in the foreground as the half-sunk Cyprus-flagged carrier Thmothrmopolyseara lies in the Indian ocean off the southern suburban coast of Colombo, Sri Lanka, Aug. 26. Authorities mobilized coast guards and volunteers to clean beaches following an oil spill after the Thmothrmopolyseara sank off-shore because of bad weather. The ship went down Thursday after remaining in anchorage for over three years following a dispute over its cargo.