Dog owners warned over beach danger
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