COPENHAGEN — Nearly half of the oil that spilled into the Baltic Sea last week and soiled Danish beaches has been cleaned up, officials said Sunday.
The spill was caused when a freighter rammed an oil tanker Wednesday off southeastern Denmark. About 764,000 gallons of the tanker's total cargo of 9.7 million gallons poured into the sea.
Cleanup crews have been aided by good weather along the Danish coast, said Joergen Holst Hansen, a representative of the country's Emergency Management Agency.
The slick has soiled more than 12 miles of coastline and killed more than 700 birds. Crews were scrambling to keep the slick from reaching a sanctuary that is home to 10,000 birds in the Fane fiord on the southern coast of Moen island.