Cleaning up a massive crude oil leak from a formerly pristine Thailand beach and is no easy, quick task, but Thai soldiers are working on it.
Black waves of crude oil washed up on a beach at a popular tourist island in Thailand's eastern sea despite attempts to clean it up over the weekend when it leaked from a pipeline, officials said Monday.
Tourists on Samet Island were warned to stay away from the once-serene beach, marred by inky globs, as hundreds of workers in white jumpsuits labored to scrape the sand clean and remove oil from the water.
About 50 tons of oil spilled into the sea off Rayong province Saturday morning from a leak in the pipeline operated by PTT Global Chemical PLC, a subsidiary of state-owned oil and gas company PTT PLC.
The leak was the fourth major oil spill in the country's history, Energy Minister Pongsak Raktapongpaisal said.
In this photo: Thai soldiers in white biohazard suits take part in a clean-up operation at Ao Prao Beach on Koh Samet, Rayong Monday.
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