The Maritime and Coastguard Agency has confirmed to Eastbourne Buzz this afternoon (5 September) that no air samples were taken by them during the haze cloud that descended across Birling Gap and Eastbourne last month.
Hundreds of people sought medical help, when they were left with irritated eyes, sore throats and nausea on Sunday 27 August. So far, there is no indication as to what the gas was that caused the irritation.
With the source thought to have most likely come from one of the 180 ships in the English Channel at the time, a spokesperson from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency said there is no update as to what haze actually was, “There were no air samples taken on the day in question. We cannot provide further information on this, as this kind of work doesn’t sit with the Maritime & Coastguard Agency. We continue to work with all relevant Environmental and Public Health regulators to conclude these investigations.”
We are awaiting a response from the Environment Agency as to whether they have any update as to what the gas might have been.