Tourists warned not to swim in 14 popular UK beaches due to health risk

Tourists enjoying the sunshine on staycations have been warned not to swim at popular beaches following recent rainfall.

Popular hotspots like Bournemouth, Brighton and Poole have all been affected by the adverse weather.

Surfers Against Sewage have released an interactive map showing which beaches in the UK are not currently safe, after heavy rain over the last few days has reportedly caused sewage to be discharged into the ocean.

This means a health warning has been released as the affected water can cause nasty infections.

The warning stated: "Storm sewage has been discharged from a sewer overflow in this location within the past 48 hours."

Which beaches are affected?

Beaches in Cornwall, Devon and Kent are all affected including:

  1. Seaton
  2. Porthluney
  3. Pentwean
  4. Combe Martin
  5. Widemouth Sand
  6. Summerleze
  7. Beer
  8. Poole
  9. Bournemouth Pier
  10. Brighton
  11. Scarborough
  12. Herne Bay
  13. Tankerton
  14. Robin Hood's Bay

The interactive map, published by Surfers Against Sewage, shows the real-time tracking of sewage overflows and pollution risks in British waters.

It keeps track of over 400 coastal locations and waterways, including rivers, in the UK.

The Surfers Against Sewage website stated: “This interactive map is our online version of the Safer Seas & Rivers Service, tracking real-time CSOs (combined sewage overflows) and PRFs (pollution risk forecasts).

"The SAS Chapters Network is a united, engaged and empowered community of Ocean Activist teams across the UK taking collective and impactful action to restore the ocean. These teams are made of 230 volunteer Regional Reps, together creating waves of change!”

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The charity has urged politicians to introduce legal duties on water companies to prevent them from dumping sewage overflow into UK waters.

Southern Water was fined £90million last year for releasing 21billion litres of sewage into the sea in between 2010 and 2015.

Luckily, Brits who want to swim in clean water can head to a Blue Flag beach.

Those awarded the status do not have sewage discharge pumped into the water.

There are 182 Blue Flag beaches in the UK.

You can also monitor your local beaches and rivers using the SAS app.

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