Photo: Kustbevakningen

An oil spill has reached the shoreline in the area between Loftahammar and Valdemarsvik.

People are urged to avoid contact with the oil, in the water and on land.

The area between mainland and Huvudskär, just south of the Olsklabb lighthouse is closed off by the Swedish Coast Guard. It is not possible to cross by boat. Vessels have to go offshore.  To close off the area the coast guard has used booms.

The vessel Makassar Highway is not leaking any more oil as of now. The hull is heavily damaged so the vessel will be drained of oil before being towed to port.

The clean-up operation continues where oil has reached the shore and the Coast Guard is continuing to pick up oil at sea