The Sea Empress disaster in 1996 was Britain's third largest oil spillage at the time
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Sea Empress disaster: How the oil spill was reported

It is 20 years since the Sea Empress ran aground off south west Wales and spilled 72,000 tonnes of oil over 120 miles of coastline.

The ship was en route to the Texaco oil refinery near Pembroke when it became grounded on mid-channel rocks at St Ann's Head.

It was Britain's third largest oil spillage at the time.

We look back at how the disaster was reported by BBC Wales News on 15 February 1996, when the ship became grounded, until it was re-floated six days later.

  • 12 Feb 2016