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Hundreds have been affected as gas cloud hits Sussex coast

Around 150 people sought medical treatment and hundreds more are believed to have been affected by an unknown gas cloud that hit the East Sussex coast on Sunday (August 27).

The first reports of a ‘haze’ coming in from the sea were received from Birling Gap, between Eastbourne and Seaford, just before 5pm. People reported irritation of their eyes and throats as the plume of gas moved eastwards along the coast as far as Bexhill.

It appears that the last reports were received some three hours after the first, but long queues built up at Eastbourne General District Hospital well into the evening, with approximately 150 people being treated. However, the effects were mostly minor and it was not necessary to admit anyone for further treatment.

Agencies, including the Maritime and Coastguard agency and the Environment Agency, are continuing to investigate the gas cloud.