‘Contaminated’ Waters Close Section of East Coast Park Beach

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A sign warning swimmers of “contaminated” waters at East Coast Park on Sunday, Jul 12. (Photo Credit: Don Wong/TODAY)

Article courtesy of Channel NewsAsia | July 12, 2015 | Channel NewsAsia | Shared as educational material

SINGAPORE: Parts of East Coast Park beach was closed off to swimmers on Sunday (Jul 12) due to water contamination.

The National Environment Agency (NEA) told Channel NewsAsia that it was notified of an oil slick at the East Coast Beach at about 1.45pm.

“NEA officers arrived at the site and found the area near the rock bund and shoreline of Area C3 East Coast Beach to be affected,” said a spokesperson from NEA. “The oil patch measured approximately 10 metres by 5 metres.”

A Twitter user going by the name of Gurmit Singh (@gurms) first alerted TODAY to the incident at about 2.58pm. Mr Singh said that there was a “smell of petrol in the air”.

(Photo Credit: Channel NewsAsia)

“The affected 100 metre stretch of the beach has been temporarily closed to beach-goers, and NEA’s contractors have commenced the clean-up of the affected area,” added NEA’s spokesperson.

However, when contacted, a Maritime Port Authority (MPA) spokesperson told Channel NewsAsia that MPA did not find any oil after it was “informed of sighting of an oily mixture confined to a small area at the shoreline off East Coast Seafood Centre”.

“MPA craft surveyed the waters off East Coast Park and eastern anchorages and there were no sighting of any oil. MPA also did not receive any report of oil spill from ships,” said the spokesperson.

Read the original TODAY report here.


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