Originally Posted by Al Baker
Hey being from Milford Haven, maybe you remember the Sea Empress oil spill from February 1996?
I did weeks of Ribbing there rescuing oiled birds from the slicks.
That involved a lot of very interesting rocky land sea interface driving and swimming in oily conditions with hands full of sticky birds that try to peck your eyes out.
I must say you've got some awesome pics in your album, I love that one with the boat high up in the trees, and that one with someone being thrown overboard in hot pursuit by the looks of it, training exercise i'm guessing.
As for the Sea Empress what a total disaster that was, which could have been totally avoided btw, If it weren't for certain fat cats putting the pressure on. whilst one of our UK power hubs was running low on reserves, I could say more but........
It was a hearbreaking disgrace to see so much wildlife being killed by man made error. and appalling how they couldn't contain the spillage/disaster, did you know they could have pulled that vessel away sooner, further out to sea and then place muti booms around her. but they didn't they just left her to long spewing crude everywhere..... grrr!!! I could rant all night over this disaster........
Fortunatly due to the weather and tides round here, things got back to nearly normal quicker than expected, with wildlife counts remaining as normal in many cases. Mainly due to good work like yourself and others gave by helping with the clean up operation.
Many thanks to yourself and others who helped