Volunteers Join Oil Spill Cleanup in Yeosu

Many volunteers have been busy helping to clean up the oil spill on the coast near the southern port city of Yeosu in South Jeolla Province. The volunteers trying to control the damage and minimize losses for fishermen included young intern reporters with the Chosun Ilbo.

Dressen in protective clothing, dustproof masks and gloves, they scooped up and wiped oil off the rocks along the coast. Each cleaned oil off more than 100 stones.

Volunteers in protective clothing mop oil off the rocks on the shore in Yeosu, South Jeolla Province on Thursday. Volunteers in protective clothing mop oil off the rocks on the shore in Yeosu, South Jeolla Province on Thursday.

The crude oil spill happened over the Lunar New Year's holidays as underwater pipelines by GS Caltex were ruptured when a Singapore-registered oil tanker hit a landing bridge.

Meanwhile, President Park Geun-hye on Thursday fired fisheries minister Yoon Jin-sook for making a series of inappropriate remarks about the oil spill and for her late response to the incident.

englishnews@chosun.com / Feb. 07, 2014 12:16 KST