Oil's well that ends well for swans

HOME, sweet home! That was the destination today for this mute swan after being brought back from the brink of an horrific oily death.Just three weeks after being left coated in thick oil which poured from a burst pipe at Felixstowe port, many majestic birds have been nursed back to full health and lovingly cleaned.

By Richard Cornwell

HOME, sweet home! That was the destination today for this mute swan after being brought back from the brink of an horrific oily death.

Just three weeks after being left coated in thick oil which poured from a burst pipe at Felixstowe port, many majestic birds have been nursed back to full health and lovingly cleaned. Now they just can't wait to get back on the river.

A major investigation is still going on into the slick which contaminated the brilliant white birds.

The port could still face prosecution over the accident, which saw 2,000 gallons of recycled fuel oil spill into the harbour.

Meanwhile, it emerged today that ships' captains and owners could in future face jail if they pollute Suffolk's coast as the EC announced new laws to stop vessels illegally flushing out their tanks at sea.

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