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Samut Sakhon: An oil tanker capsized and sank just offshore in Muang district yesterday. Oil spilling from the tanker has already affected coastal fishermen in the area. 

The tanker, carrying used oil, sank about 3-4 kilometres off the coastal fishing area of Moo 8 in tambon Phantai Norasingh.

Officials from the Marine Department on patrol boats sprayed an oil dispersant chemical to stop the slick from spreading further, while another tanker was being used to pull the stricken vessel from the 6.5-metre deep water.

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