Terrified sunseekers were left with breathing problems and burning eyes after a mysterious yellow chemical cloud swamped a packed beach and injured more than 200 people.
Doctors in hazmat suits treated hundreds of holidaymakers with dangerous symptoms including vomiting in contamination tents at Birling Gap, near Beachy Head yesterday.
Youngsters took to Snapchat to post shocking videos of their blood-red eyes as they took cover in their car and complained their eyeballs were ‘burning’ after the toxic plume engulfed the beach.
A 16-mile segment of the East Sussex coastline was evacuated on Sunday afternoon and locals urged to shut their doors and windows after the cloud left beachgoers with the concerning symptoms.
The coastguard, police, ambulances and fire and rescue crews were all at the worst affected area close to tourist hotspot Beachy Head.
With another fine day expected for Bank Holiday Monday, thousands of people are expected to flock to the south coast today.
Police say the haze has now dispersed although questions remain as to what it was and where it came from.
People living 15 miles eastwards had reported smelling chlorine in the air which caused burning eyes and stinging throats.
Rebecca Baldock shared a video from a car as she and her friends, Jacob Ward and Scott Smith, complained of streaming and burning eyes.
In the footage she can be heard saying: ‘My eyeballs, my eyeballs.’
She told Mirror Online: ‘We were on the beach in Eastbourne and we were just about to leave and all our eyes were itching and red. We couldn’t see and we thought it was because we’d been swimming in the sea but as we got further towards the steps of the beach everyone was holding their eyes and there was a mist rolling in.
‘The coastguard medics said it was a chemical irritant in the air and for everyone to get off the beach and out of the area as quick as. We used the medic centre to try wash our eyes but we all still have really red sore eyes.
‘The medics recommended we washed our eyes out with cold water and said we could stay to wait for an ambulance but we wanted to get out of the area.’
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