Oil found on Isle of Wight beach

By Sara Bryce

Friday, December 20, 2013

 

UPDATED 13:20*

COASTGUARDS and the Environment Agency have been called after oil was found on an Isle of Wight beach this morning (Friday).

A spokesman for the Solent Coastguard said that small globules of oil were found on Compton Bay and that they were working with the Environment Agency to deal with the problem.

They have appealed for people in the area to look for any more oil or wildlife affected by it.

They added: "A few birds have oil on them and are being dealt with by the Environment Agency.

"There is not masses, just a small amount and we're not sure where it has come from at this time."

The Environment Agency can be contacted on 0800 80 70 60.

*An Environment Agency spokesman said that it was made aware of a small oil spill on the Isle of Wight on December 14 — which was believed to have originated from a small spill out at sea — and worked with the Marine and Coastguard Agency and IW Council to resolve the issue.

They added that a report was received today of a tar like substance at Compton Bay and that initial evidence suggests it has come from out at sea and that at this stage there were no signs it had spread.

Reporter: sarab@iwcpmail.co.uk

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