AUTHORITIES were put on alert on Friday after the oil-spill in the sea off the coast of the Karpas in the north reached government-controlled waters.
According to reports, volunteers, divers and officials from the fisheries department, Paralimni Municipality and district offices, police and the port authority took part in the clean-up.
The first reports of oil in the sea came at 11am near the Crystal Springs Hotel in the Kappari region of Protaras. By the afternoon crews had also begun collecting oil off the coast of the Vrissiana Beach Hotel, Nafsika and Konnos beach.
The fisheries department last week, following the spill in the north had expressed its readiness to deal with any problems that might arise from oil entering government controlled waters.
Coastal inspector, Giorgos Economou who was heading the clean-up process told the Cyprus Mail that there was no cause for concern and that crews were working extremely hard to remove the oil from the sea.
Economou explained that the oil which had reached southern shores was not flowing and was in large chunks called mazut. Nets and absorbent booms which had been taken to the area following last week’s oil spill in the north were being used by crews to try to mop-up the oil in the sea.
“We have received help from police who sent their helicopter over the water for an aerial view, to inform us of where the pockets of oil are so we know where to concentrate the clean-up procedure,” the coastal inspector said.