Tests carried out on mystery oily substance on beach in Cornwall


Whitsand Bay Cornwall

Tests are being carried out on an unknown oily substance that has been found in the sea and on a beach in Cornwall.

According to Brixham Coastguards, the pollution, which is brown in colour, has been found at Tregonhawke Beach, Whitsand Bay reports the BBC.

Samples of the substance have been collected by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) to be chemically analysed.

A Brixham coastguard spokesman said the substance was also found on beaches east and west of Tregonhawke on Saturday, according to the Mirror.

"A member of the coastguard team will be sent to Tregonhawke Beach today to see whether the substance has dispersed or not," the spokesperson said.

"The last time we checked, it had dispersed from the other beaches on which it was found."

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency said there are currently no warnings in place for people to stay away from the area.

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