Sea closed after oil spill

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A minor oil spill on the coast near Blackpool saw a bathing sea closed as a “precautionary measure”.

Cleveleys bathing sea was closed off after oil and tar balls washed up along the coast from Cleveleys to Fleetwood, at Knott End and in Blackpool.
It also led to the suspension of the Knott End ferry service while work started on removing the pollutants.

Residents were advised to avoid entering the sea and to keep children and pets away from the water.

The Environment Agency and Maritime and Coastguard Agency worked together to lead the response after first being made aware of the spill on Sunday.

A spokesman from MCA said that no marine life had been washed ashore, only oil-covered litter and seaweed.

Samples of the oil are currently being tested in an attempt to identify the source of the spill.

Short-term exposure to polluted water can result in irritation to the skin and anyone who touches the washed up tar balls should wash with soap and water for 10 minutes, Public Health England said.

It added that anyone who feels unwell should seek medical attention.