Coastguard crews investigate ‘black liquid’ found on beach

PUBLISHED: 08:03 22 September 2017 | UPDATED: 11:05 22 September 2017

The black liquid could have been harmful to the environment. Picture: Burnham Coastguard.

The black liquid could have been harmful to the environment. Picture: Burnham Coastguard.


Burnham-on-Sea Coastguard was called to investigate a container full of black liquid yesterday (Thursday) afternoon after concerns were raised it may be dangerous.

A member of the public spotted the item on Berrow Beach at around 3.25pm and experts were called to investigate it.

There were no labels on it which baffled coastguard members.

A spokesman for the Burnham team said: “A 25-litre container was washed in full of liquid.

“A member of the public who had been out walking his dog noticed it and decided to have a closer look.

“It contained some sort of black liquid and decided it should be reported in case of any environmental contamination or hazard to beach users.

“Two of our top 25 litre container experts quickly donned protective gloves and carefully inspected the item.

With no identifying labels except multiple languages on the back, it bamboozled our two experts.

“But, they carefully opened the cap and found it to be some sort of engine/sump oil.

“It was handed over to the Berrow Beach warden for council disposal and we returned to station.

“Once again an environmental disaster was avoided and marine life was preserved.”

If you see anything that could be dangerous, report it immediately, either to the beach warden or by dial 999 and ask for the coastguard.

For more information on the Burnham crew, visit the Facebook page here.

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