Miss. Beaches Largely Unspoiled By Gulf Oil Gusher

EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS, Associated Press Writer
LONG BEACH, Miss. (AP) ? Tracey Winspeare said her Canadian uncle warned her before she traveled to Mississippi: Oil is washing up on the beaches from a ruptured well in the Gulf of Mexico. He was wrong.

Winspeare, who lives near Cambridge, England, sunbathed Monday on a clean stretch of white sand in Long Beach. Geography and water currents have spared the area — like all beaches in Mississippi — from the worst of the two-month-old spill.

“It’s beautiful here. I love it,” Winspeare, a 23-year-old genealogist, said on a day with blue skies, a light breeze and a temperature approaching 95 degrees.

Millions of gallons of oil have gushed into the Gulf since an oil rig exploded on April 20 and later sank about 50 miles off the Louisiana coast.