Published: Tue, August 29, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Kent Police issue warning about chemical mist spreading up coast

Kent Police issue warning about chemical mist spreading up coast

Emergency services were contacted, which led to alerting the UK Coastguard, Sussex Police, South Eastern Ambulance Service and East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service.

Police have since warned people along the coast from Eastbourne to Birling Gap to stay away from the beach, and to keep windows and doors shut.

On the South coast of the United Kingdom rescuers evacuated people from the beach Birling Gap (Sussex County) because of the "chemical haze".

Holiday makers were enjoying the unusually warm Bank Holiday Sunday at the Birling Gap beach when a "haze" rolled in off the sea, causing stinging eyes, coughing, and even vomiting in some instances, reports ITV News.

Sussex police said the incident appeared to have been caused by "an unknown haze coming in from the sea" but the exact source had not yet been established.

Emergency services evacuated the beach and urged local residents to close Windows and doors.

Although long queues amassed at the hospital into the evening, the effects of the unknown substance were mostly minor, with no one admitted for further treatment.

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People complained of sore eyes and throats after a haze was seen coming in from the sea.

Investigations are under way into the cause of the "chemical haze", which is now unknown.

It was first reported in Birling Gap, between Eastbourne and Seaford.

Police told people to avoid the beach and stay indoors.

The situation would continue to be monitored, they said, "but it is believed that this was an isolated incident and is not expected to recur".

Some people said that the smell lingered into Sunday, while others wondered what caused it.

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