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Hundreds of beachgoers on Barry Island are told by tannoy announcement to ‘get out of the sea’ in latest concerns over water quality

Hundreds of beachgoers on Barry Island were told by a tannoy announcement to ‘get out of the sea’ after concerns over water quality.

Sun-seekers at one of Wales’ best known beaches, made even more popular by the hit BBC show Gavin and Stacey, were ordered to get out of the water on Saturday afternoon, May 18.

At around 4pm there was an alert warning people not to swim and crowds who had descended on Barry for a music and food festival were forced onto the beach.

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) said that they had assissted beachgoers out of the sea after being made aware of a potential sewage spill.

Dwr Cymru/Welsh Water said it was a false alarm due to a system error.

The announcement came after a charity issued a warning that 19 beach and seafront destinations in Wales had been polluted by storm sewage or given a poor water classification.

Surfers Against Sewage, one of the UK’s most successful marine conservation and campaigning charities, published the alerts on its website.

Families who were paddling and swimming said they were shocked by the announcement that the water was not safe after alerts were published online.

On their website, Surfers Against Sewage said: ‘Pollution Alert: Storm sewage has been discharged from a sewer overflow in this location within the past 48 hours.

‘The bay is a sandy 700m cove located, west of Barry Docks and Jackson´s Bay. It faces south towards the Bristol Channel, backed by the dock area and the town of Barry. Seaside shops can be found in the immediate foreground, with limestone cliffs on either side and headlands called Friars Point to the west and Nell´s Point to the east.’

Hayley Graham, from Barry, went to the beach with her children aged eight and one after the festival had finished.

Her youngest daughter was in the water when they heard the tannoy announcement to get out.

She said: ‘We were so shocked when we heard the announcement. We know that there can be issues with sewage on the beach but you do not expect it on a warm and sunny weekend. There was a lot of confusion and upset.

‘We took the children home and scrubbed them because they had been fully immersed in the water. Even the smallest amount of raw sewage in the water is enough.’

One parent said: ‘It’s so embarrassing that this happened during a high profile cultural event when people were cooling off on a hot day as they enjoyed the festival.’

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