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05/01/1993 The oil tanker MV Braer spilling 84,700 tons of oil

A tanker carrying 85,000 tonnes of crude oil has run aground in hurricane-force winds off the Shetland Islands. It was one of the largest oil spills in history. Many birds died. WWF Scotland said a major incident was never far away. The UK government stressed it paid to ensure tug cover.

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