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UK residents have been warned not to swim at many British beaches in recent days.
Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) have issued the alert for river and seaside destinations claiming rainfall has lead to contamination of the waterways.
The charity monitors water quality around Britain and lets people know when to avoid swimming.
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Around 83 swimming hotspots have been highlighted as dangerous.
SAS created a map showing the beaches and rivers affected by sewage and which you should avoid, reports DailyMail.
Gorleston Beach in Norfolk – a stunning stretch of coast that has a 4.5 TripAdvisor rating – was found to be contaminated.
The huge bay has a wide, sandy beach with a yacht pond, children’s splash pas and various shops and cafes which make it popular in warm weather.
Unfortunately, the charity stated: “Gorleston-on-Sea became popular in Edwardian times and is still a busy seaside resort.
“A number of sewer overflows discharge into the River Yare that flows to the sea at the northern end of the beach.”
There are plenty of other beaches affected too.
Sheerness, all the way on the Isle of Sheppey, is a wide and open pebble beach which is lovely in summertime, but was included in the warning list.
Bognor Regis best known for its holiday resorts and steep sandy bay was affected too.
Folkestone in Kent and Southend Jubilee Beach in Essex both received warnings too – you may want to stay on the promenade and avoid the water for now.
Holiday hotspots for staycations including Scarborough, Whitby, Seaham. Blackpool, Brighton and Whitstable were all deemed hazardous too.
Across the sea on the Isle of Wight beaches like Cowes were also affected.
Swimming or bathing in sewage can cause people to pick up illnesses – and nobody wants to get sick from the beach.
SAS said: “When it comes to living in the UK, s**t happens. And far too much of it in our waterscapes.
“Untreated sewage and wastewater regularly gush from thousands of sewer overflows around the country. It stinks.
“Add to that the impact of severe rainfall – which churns all manner of unknown pollutants into the ocean from farming, septic tanks, roads and urban areas – and it’s not a pretty picture.”
Beaches currently deemed hazardous:
- Dhoon Bay
- Amble Links
- Druridge Bay North
- Druridge Bay South
- Blyth South Beach
- Tynemouth Cullercoats
- Seaham Hall Beach
- Seaham Beach
- Seaton Carew North
- Redcar Coatham
- Redcar Granville
- Redcar Stray
- Marske Sands
- Scarborough North Bay
- Scarborough South Bay
- Bridlington South Beach
- Gorleston Beach
- Southend Three Shells
- Southend Jubilee Beach
- Sheerness Canterbury
- Minster Leas
- West Beach, Whitstable
- Herne Bay Central
- Herne Bay
- St Marys Bay (Kent)
- St Leonards
- Normans Bay
- Pevensey Bay
- Brighton Kemptown
- Brighton Central – Brighton
- Hove Lawn
- Bognor Regis East
- Bognor Regis (Aldwick)
- Langstone Harbour
- Southsea East
- Stokes Bay
- St Helens
- Whitecliff Bay
- Colwell Bay
- Totland Bay
- Dunster North West
- Weston Main
- Weston-super-Mare Sand Bay
- Wharfe at Cromwheel – Ilkley Bathing Water
- St Annes
- St Annes North
- Blackpool South
- Blackpool Central
- Blackpool North
- Morecambe North
- Walney Biggar Bank
- Walney Sandy Gap
- Walney West Shore
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