Seven Co Cork beaches have been deemed safe for bathing a week after ”No Swim” advisory notices were issued due to high levels of E coli.
Cork County Council had issued the warnings on Friday last after heavy rainfall caused the levels of E coli at the beaches to breach EU mandatory permitted values.
However, the council said subsequent tests had shown the levels of E coli had ‘significantly decreased’, while samples taken on Wednesday at all beaches indicated ”further water quality improvement”.
As a result the council, with the agreement of the HSE, has removed its recommendation not to swim at Youghal, Claycastle, Redbarn, Coolmain, Garretstown, Oysterhaven and Garryvoe beaches. Redbarn, Garryvoe and Garretstown all have Blue Flags, which can now be flown again.
Bathing Water Quality – results issued Friday 24th August
The levels of E coli have significantly decreased and current results from samples taken on Wednesday 22nd August indicate further water quality improvement. Following agreement with the HSE, the Advisory No Swimming Notices are being taken down at all the beaches. Results are available on www.bathingwater.ie
* Youghal front Strand 109 Sufficient
* Claycastle 52 good
* Redbarn 161 Sufficient
* Garryvoe 20 Good
* Oysterhaven 75 Good
* Coolmaine 97 Good
* Garrettstown <10 Good
Following the withdrawal of the advisory notices, the Blue Flags for Redbarn, Garryvoe and Garretstown can be hoisted again as advised by An Taisce.
Safety on the Beach
To stay safe at the beach, always remember F.L.A.G.S.
F – Find the red and yellow flags and swim between them.
Always swim where there is a lifeguard on patrol, and stay inside the area marked by the red and yellow flags. Never swim where a sign says not to, or when the red flag is flying.
L – Look at the safety signs.
Always read and obey the safety signs – they will help you to avoid potential dangers on the beach, and to identify the safest areas for swimming.
A – Ask a lifeguard for advice.
If in doubt, it’s always best to play it safe and ask the experts.
G – Get a friend to swim with you.
Make sure there are other people around, because you never know when help might be needed.
S – Stick your hand in the air and shout for help if you get into difficulty.
If you see someone else in difficulty:
ALWAYS tell a LIFEGUARD
Or if you can’t see one
CALL 999 / 112
& ask for the COASTGUARD