Coastguard launch clean-up operation as hazardous palm oil washed up on Wirral beach


Wirral coastguard on scene

Wirral Coastguard were called out to reports of Palm Oil washed up on the beach near to the Black Pearl in New Brighton today.

Once on scene, Coastguard Rescue Officers accessed the beach to find multiple lumps of palm oil of various sizes with even more being uncovered by the outgoing tide.

Team members removed and bagged as much as the palm oil as possible given the potential hazard to dogs.

READ MORE: Coastguard warn people to stay away from parts of a Wirral beach due to contamination fears

Black Pearl
Palm Oil found at New Brighton

However some larger pieces that were unable to be removed still remain and have been reported to Wirral Council.

Wirral Coastguard issued a warning to members of the public to stay away from the area after the clean-up operation.

READ MORE: How does Palm Oil get on the beach and how does it affect dogs and humans ?


Although non-toxic to humans, parents with young children and dog walkers were warned to stay away.

Dogs are often attracted to eating the substance, which can be fatal in extreme circumstances.

Palm Oil is seen as a scattering of pebble-sized lumps that are white/yellow and waxy in appearance.


Wirral Coastguard said on their Facebook page: “If you come into contact with the substance, wash it off with soap and wash your clothes.

“If you believe your dog has been in contact with the substance and are concerned about their health, please contact your vet as soon as possible.

“Holyhead Coastguard Operations Centre have been notified”.

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