Photo: Tobago Emergency Management Agency.

The authorities of Trinidad and Tobago are considering declaring a national state of emergency due to

an oil spill from a shipwreck off the country's coast.

Meanwhile, the situation continues to worsen, local media reported this Saturday.

The ship, with an unidentified flag, capsized this Wednesday, February 7. The oil spill, which

has spread at least 15 kilometers

,

threatens the country's coral reefs and beaches

. In this sense, the chief secretary of the Tobago House of Assembly (THA), Farley Augustine, stated on Saturday that

the Government could declare disaster level 3, the highest, following the accident.

"At the moment, the threat level has been raised to 2, but we anticipate that it could be raised to level 3 in the coming hours," the official stated.

What is known so far?

Photo: Tobago Emergency Management Agency.

On Wednesday, February 7, the Tobago Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) received a report of an overturned vessel (later identified as Gulfstream) at sea, south of the Tobago Eco-Industrial Park. Cove. The next day, a level 2 (orange) emergency was declared in the country.

Although the spill occurred 18 kilometers from the island, the oil has already contaminated about 45 kilometers of coastline and coastal marine areas, according to the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Center. Although divers have placed special barriers, the exact location of the leak has not yet been located, and attempts to investigate the vessel have been unsuccessful due to poor visibility and its frequent movements in shallow waters. At the same time, experts claim that it is impossible to eliminate the leak.

It is still unclear exactly where the boat capsized or whether there were people on board at the time, but divers have found no signs of people being there.

It was previously reported that Prime Minister Keith Rowley would visit the affected areas this Sunday. Currently, more than a thousand volunteers participate in the operation to clear the coast. In turn, the UN has already contacted the country's authorities to offer them help, notes the Trinidad and Tobago Guardian newspaper.

Photo: Tobago Emergency Management Agency.

Photo: Tobago Emergency Management Agency.

Photo: Tobago Emergency Management Agency.

(Taken from RT in Spanish)