TOXIC

Dog own­ers warned over beach dan­ger

Bangor Mail - - FRONT PAGE - OWEN EVANS

A TOXIC oil which spilled into the sea fol­low­ing a fa­tal ship­wreck ap­pears to have washed up again on an An­gle­sey beach.

Palm oil, a sub­stance safe for hu­mans but toxic to dogs, has washed up along a beach near Treard­dur Bay for the sec­ond time this year.

In March, the oil washed up in sim­i­lar ar­eas and An­gle­sey Coun­cil said they un­der­stood the sub­stance came from the Mal­tese ship Kimya, which cap­sized 26 years ago, killing 10 of its crew.

The ship, which cap­sized 16 miles south west of Holy­head, was de­signed to carry chem­i­cals in some of her tanks, as well as veg­etable oil and wine in oth­ers.

Res­cuers spent 12 hours bat­tling “some of the worst seas in liv­ing mem­ory” when the ship over­turned, and were able to save only two mem­bers of the crew.

The 1,800-ton ship was en route to Birken­head when it got caught in 50ft seas.

Shortly af­ter 2am, the stricken ship sent out an SOS say­ing they had a list of 45 de­grees and they feared the worst would hap­pen.

Storms in 2017 are be­lieved to have moved the wrecked ship and dis­lodged palm oil from the ship’s cargo, which has now washed up on the is­land.

The sub­stance, of­ten found in boul­der-size chunks, is not dan­ger­ous to hu­mans but is toxic and po­ten­tially fa­tal to dogs.

The chunks of oil smell of diesel and dogs can lick them be­fore be­com­ing se­ri­ously ill.

The high toxin count has dam­ag­ing ef­fects on the dog’s health and leads to vom­it­ing and di­ar­rhoea.

An­gle­sey Coun­cil have been con­tacted for com­ment.

Porth Diana, Treard­dur Bay where toxic palm oil, right, has washed up for the sec­ond time this year

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