Army in clean-up operation of Imgiebah Bay

Transport Malta requested AFM’s assistance to ‘protect the delicate ecosystems that surround the area as access to the beach is limited’

The Armed Forces of Malta were engaged by Transport Malta to help clean up Imgiebah Bay
The Armed Forces of Malta were engaged by Transport Malta to help clean up Imgiebah Bay

The Armed Forces of Malta carried out a clean-up operation of the secluded bay of Imġiebaħ, limits of Selmun.

In a statement issued through the Department of Information, the government said Transport Malta requested the assistance of Malta’s army as access to the beach from the land is limited.

“It is the AFM alone, thanks to its maritime assets, that could assist in the clean-up whilst protecting the delicate ecosystems that surround the area,” the government said.

AFM soldiers manually removed the debris and seaweed with the help of the cleansing department employees.

The government said heavy machinery could not be used as this would have negatively impacted the environment.

The AFM provided a crew of 13 from the Maritime Squadron along with other Officers from other Regiments to support the operation using the Maritime Squadron’s barge, RHIB (P61) and Patrol Boat P24.

The operation started in the morning and lasted several hours. “The AFM cleaned up the secluded beach, collecting substantial amounts of debris and seaweed for the benefit of the general public,” the government said.

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