By Tim Stickings For Mailonline
Published: 19:14 BST, 25 August 2019 | Updated: 19:16 BST, 25 August 2019
Beachgoers choked and struggled to breathe in an alarming incident on an Essex beach today.
Police, ambulances and the fire service were called to the seafront in Frinton shortly after 2pm today after receiving several reports of people struggling to breathe.
One mother said her daughters were 'coughing and gasping' and could not form words properly, but the cause of the panic has not yet been officially determined.
Some beachgoers said they had heard speculation of a fuel spill, but police and the ambulance service have not confirmed this.
Emergency services were called to Frinton seafront (pictured today) in Essex after receiving several reports of people coughing and struggling to breathe
Beachgoers said they had been left struggling to breathe but the cause is unknown and is being investigated.
One mother who was on a family day out at the busy beach told how her one of her twin daughters was left 'gasping' for breath.
Miriam Lansdell said: 'My daughter started coughing. She said 'I don't feel good. It hurts to breathe in'.