Dog owners warned to stay away after palm oil washes up on Felixstowe beach
- Credit: Felixstowe Coastguard Rescue Team
Dog walkers are being urged to stay away from Felixstowe beach after large amounts of palm oil washed up onto the shore.
Coastguard rescue teams are warning people to "stay away" if you see any palm oil on the beach, as it can be fatal very quickly if your pet ingests the substance.
Felixstowe Coastguard Rescue Team was called to the scene shortly before 9am on Monday, following reports of palm oil.
A spokesman said: "The team arrived on scene and located rocks of palm oil.
"It was then decided to do a shoreline search from the viewing area Landguard to Cobbolds Point.
"No more palm oil was found but, with incoming tide, it is possible that more could come ashore."
The oil has now been disposed of correctly and safely.
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HM Coastguard says spring tides are likely to be the cause of the incident.
Liz Hustler, senior coastal operations officer, said: “We are aware of potential pollution washing up on Felixstowe beach.
“We are liaising with local authorities, taking counter pollution advice where necessary, to ensure we are taking appropriate action.
“We ask people to please stay away and to take special care of your pets as palm oil can prove toxic.”
Palm oil looks like a white, waxy substance and can be contaminated with fuel waste, bacteria and other toxins.
The coastguard has advised anyone who believes they have seen the oil on the beach to report it to them, where disposal will be arranged as quickly as possible.
To do this, call 999 and ask for the coastguard, who can arrange quick and safe disposal.
Dog owners are being told to keep their pets off the beach and on a lead, as this can be fatal if ingested.
If your pet has ingested the substance, then it is advised they are taken to an emergency vet as soon as possible.