Potentially hazardous “oil drum” recovered from St Ives beach
Experts are preparing to examine the contents of what appeared to be an oil drum, washed ashore at Porthmeor beach, St Ives, yesterday(Saturday.)
Firefighters wearing gas-tight chemical protection suits recovered the 90-litre drum at low tide, in an operation lasting several hours. Part of the beach had to be cordoned off and the incident attracted a crowd of onlookers.
Firefighters said the precautions were routine – but necessary – when dealing with unknown substances which could be potentially dangerous. The contents of the drum are not yet known.
Pic: Porthmeor Beach, Cafe Bar & Surf School, St Ives