The bow of the Prestige oil tanker floats above water moments before sinking in waters off northern Spain November 19, 2002.
The tanker broke into two earlier in the day. The Prestige went down with some 70,000 tonnes of fuel oil.
A group of soldiers form a line to clean up fuel oil spilled from the Prestige oil tanker near the coastal town of Muxia on Spain’s devastated North West Atlantic coast on January 27, 2003. The aging, single-hulled tanker foundered off the coast of Galicia in November 2002 with 77,000 tonnes of heavy fuel oil on board, causing Spain’s worst ever ecological disaster, contaminating hundreds of miles of coast and putting thousands of fishermen out of work.