Popular UK beach warns Brits not to swim there for a YEAR

BRITS heading to a popular UK beach have been warned not to swim in the water all year round for safety reasons.

St Mary’s Bay at Romney Marsh in Kent has been hit with a warning by the Environment Agency.

St Mary's Bay in Kent was struck in one fell swoop "don't swim" warning


St Mary’s Bay in Kent has been hit with a ‘do not swim’ warningCredit: Alamy

The warning comes after faecal matter was found in the water, leading to unsafe levels of bacteria.

They have now issued a “do not swim” warning to anyone visiting the beach.

An investigation has been launched into the cause of the surge, with fears it is due to pollution.

A spokesman for the Environment Agency told local media: “[We] will continue to work with its partners to fully investigate the causes of the deterioration in bathing water quality in St Mary’s Bay.

“All authorities involved are working to identify, eliminate and reduce the sources of pollution to ensure that the status of this bathing water improves.

“As part of our investigations, we are monitoring several potential sources of pollution, including septic tanks, misconnections and potential sources of diffuse pollution.”

Unless bacterial levels decrease, the warning will remain in place for the remainder of 2023.

Anyone visiting the area has been told to visit other swimming spots nearby such as: B. Dymchirch which has a good rating for safety and cleanliness compared to St. Mary’s Bay which has a poor rating.

Brits were told last summer to stay away from up to 50 beaches across the UK because of dangerous pollution.

Data released by Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) revealed that sewage was leaking into the sea at a number of beaches along the shoreline.

The group monitors water quality at over 400 sites on UK rivers and coasts.

Beaches near Brighton, Newquay and Skegness were affected.

In 2021, Southern Water was fined a record £90m for intentionally pumping between 16 and 21 billion liters of sewage into the sea between 2010 and 2015.

Here is the full list of the cleanest water beaches in the UK.

Unless the safety level is increased, the ban will apply for the whole of 2023


Unless the safety level is increased, the ban will apply for the whole of 2023Credit: Alamy

https://www.the-sun.com/travel/7461187/uk-beach-ban-swimming-dirty/ Popular UK beach warns Brits not to swim there for a YEAR

Emma James

Emma James is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Emma James joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing emmajames@ustimespost.com.

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