Yellow foam mystery could be answered

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LEGAL action has been launched against a sea vessel after the yellow foam alert on Hayling Island.

The Maritime & Coastguard Agency has confirmed it has started legal proceedings after large amounts of vegetable oil washed up on Hayling’s shores earlier this month.

Test results on the substance are not back, but the Environment Agency believes it was palm or castor oil.

As reported in The News, Havant Borough Council closed the beaches and undertook a massive cleaning operation after the yellow material washed up with the tide.

The material was not a threat to public health, but could have caused illness if it was ingested by a human or animal.

Beaches were closed to the public for around 24 hours.

The agency refused to release the name of the vessel as a detailed investigation is still ongoing.

A spokesman said: ‘The Maritime & Coastguard Agency has instigated proceedings out of matters arising from this incident.’

A hearing has been set for February 28 at Southampton Magistrates’ Court.