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Oil residue hits beaches

Photo: Stelios Milidonis

SMALL amounts of oil residue which were spotted off the coast of Protaras on Friday made it to beaches overnight and were spotted staining parts of the coastline on Saturday morning.
Authorities had been 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. A 50-man crew had been assembled by the local municipality including police, the port authority, the divers association and volunteers to help clean the oil which had appeared off the coast of Protaras.
Coastal inspector, Giorgos Economou told the Cyprus Mail that since 5am on Saturday crews had begun cleaning the sea again in an effort to prevent any contamination. The police helicopter was also used to locate any pockets of oil which were spotted out at sea.
“There was oil residue which appeared on some of our beaches this morning but crews were on hand to clean it up,” he said.
Economou added that the beaches had not been contaminated to the extent that they needed to be closed off or which would cause any panic to the public.
“Since 5am we have been at the ready to deal with any reports of oil on the beaches and our message to the public is that they need not worry because we are dealing with the problem,” he concluded.

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