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Researchers say no ship fuel has leaked from shipwreck off Santorini

A cruise ship that sank off Santorini in 2007 appears not to have polluted the waters around the island, the Hellenic Center for Marine Research (HCMR) said in a report published on Thursday.

Researchers said there are no signs that ship fuel is leaking from the Sea Diamond’s hulk.

The HCMR added that while there is a presence of heavy metals, it is no higher than readings taken in the open sea.

The ecosystem around the Cycladic island has not been affected by the wreckage, according to the HCMR, which monitors the sea pollution levels in Santorini every year.

Nine people were convicted in August over the sinking of the Louis Hellenic Cruise Lines vessel, which struck a reef near the island’s Athinios port in April 2007.

Two French tourists, a father and daughter, died in the accident.