Whitehaven coastguard rescue team were called after reports of an oil spill at St Bees.

St. Bees head falls inside the Cumbria Coast Maritime Conservation Zone (MCZ) and is a site of special scientific interest due to the estimated 10,000 breeding seabirds nesting in the area.

The pollution had been reported by some sea kayakers but after an investigation, coastguard teams couldn’t find any signs.

“Though we didn't find any signs of the oil slick, it's crucial to investigate and ensure the safety of the environment,” a spokesperson for Whitehaven coastguard team said.

“The changing tide conditions can disperse pollutants quickly, making detection more challenging.

“Determining responsibility for pollution clean up can be complex. Identifying the originator of the pollution is key, as they are typically the primary responsible party.

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“However, collaboration between various stakeholders such as local authorities, landowners, and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency is essential to ensure effective clean up and prevention measures are implemented.

As always we thank the first informant for reporting their concerns.”