Maritime and Coastguard Agency considering theories, including whether chemical haze that closed Birling Gap came from a wreck in the Channel

Investigators hunting the source of last Sunday’s mysterious chemical plume on the Sussex coast say they are looking into possible emissions from disturbed shipwrecks in the Channel.

Almost a week after the plume caused 150 people to seek medical treatment prompting the closure of Birling Gap beach, the source of the gas is still baffling experts.

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