Fears over potentially hazardous chemicals washed up on Yorkshire Coast spark call to 999 crews

Concerns about potentially hazardous chemicals leaking from drums washed up on the Yorkshire Coast sparked a call to the emergency services.

By Sarah Fitton
Sunday, 2nd May 2021, 6:19 pm
Updated Sunday, 2nd May 2021, 6:22 pm

Firefighters from Lythe joined Staithes Coastguard Rescue Team at Runswick Bay after being called at 1.58pm on Saturday to investigate the two barrels.

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Once the emergency responders had ascertained that the drums contained oil, not any hazardous chemicals, and that they were securely sealed, they were moved higher up the beach so that arrangements could be made for their safe collection and disposal.

Anyone who sees the drums - which have an orange plastic marker on them - on the beach before they are collected is being urged not to interfere with them.