Leaking oil barrel washes up on Suffolk beach

Kessingland Beach. Picture: Nick Butcher

Kessingland Beach. Picture: Nick Butcher - Credit: Archant © 2011

A leaking oil barrel washed up at Kessingland Beach over the weekend.

Emergency services came together to remove the barrel and secure the beach on Sunday, March 11.

HM Coastguard Lowestoft and Southwold were first to arrive on scene, however after assessing the situation called the fire service for support just before 10.30am.

Firefighters from Lowestoft South responded to the call and used breathing apparatus and chemical resistant gloves to plug and bag the barrel.

The bag was then left with the coastguard until Suffolk Coastal District Council could collect and safely dispose of its contents.

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A council spokesmen said: 'The coastguard contacted Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service to notify it of a leaking oil drum washed up on the beach.

'The fire service attended to plug the hole and seal the drum. The council were contacted to remove the barrel and affected sand.'

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The scene was cleared just before 11.30am.

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