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Floating oil on Busan beach delays public access

Swimming on Busan’s Haeundae beach was put on hold for 50 minutes on Monday after floating oil was detected on the water surface.

A thin layer of oil, presumed to have leaked from a ship embarked nearby the beach, covered an area 100-meters in length and 10-meters in width between the first and the second watchtower.


After the discovery at 6:35 a.m., the maritime police dispatched nine boats and water motorcycles to remove the oil by 9:45 a.m.

The beach, originally slated to open to the public from 9:00 a.m., delayed the entrance for 50 minutes.

The maritime police estimated that approximately 10 liters of oil was spilled and is tracking down the source from where it leaked.

By Lim Jeong-yeo (