Bathing ban remains in place pending E. coli testing

Cork County Council will announce today if a swimming ban for Youghal beach over E. coli fears will be lifted or stay in place.

Test results on a second sample taken from Youghal Front Strand will be issued today, following the decision on Monday to prohibit bathing on the popular beach due to a first sample indicating the presence of E coli. Youghal Front Strand was first sampled on July 21 as part of the council’s routine regular testing programme, looking to detect E. coli and Intestinal Enterococci.

A raised E. coli result of 636 units/100ml of bathing water was reported, with the local authority notifying the HSE of the elevated E. coli result before carrying out a further sample of Youghal Front Strand on July 23.

According to a statement from Cork County Council yesterday: “Full results of the re-sample were reported from the Water Quality Laboratory on Friday, July 25. A result, 1,904 E. coli per 100ml of bathing water was detected.

“The council further consulted with the HSE and a Bathing Prohibition notice was advised to be placed at Youghal Front Strand. This notice was put in place early Friday evening at the Lifeguard station on Youghal Front Strand and also at the Beach Notice Board. The Lifeguards also raised the Red Flag indicating it was not safe to swim.”

A council spokesman said: “When we have the full results, the HSE will be informed and the council will follow their advice.”

Test results from Youghal Claycastle and Redbarn beaches nearby indicated the bathing water is good at both locations. It is believed heavy rain may have caused slurry to wash into the River Blackwater and then out to sea.


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