independent

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Swim restrictions lifted at beaches

John Manning

Published 16/08/2014 | 00:00

FINGAL beaches have been declared safe to swim in again after a bad week for bathers when all of the county's popular bathing spots were declared a 'no-go' area for swimmers.

Red flags began to appear on Fingal beaches last week as all bathing waters in the county were shut down for several days.

From Tuesday morning to Thursday afternoon, every beach in the county was a no-go area for swimmers after heavy rainfall over the August Bank Holiday weekend left several pumping stations overwhelmed and polluted the waters off the Fingal shore.

After the results of water tests were issued on Thursday, a number of beaches were declared safe for swimming but Balbriggan Front Beach, Skerries South Beach, Loughshinny Beach, Rush South Beach, Portrane Beach (The Burrow) and Rush North Beach remained off limits to bathers.

It was not until Saturday, when the results of a second round of water tests emerged, that all of the restrictions on our beaches were lifted and it was safe to swim again in Fingal.

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Fingal Independent

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