News and Updates – April ’13

Bathing water quality results announced
One of the UK’s wettest summers on record has led to a worrying drop in the number of beaches around the country being recommended for their excellent bathing water quality, according to the Marine Conservation Society in their annual survey. Read more.

Reminders to boaters to be CO safe following suspected poisoning deaths
Carbon monoxide poisoning is thought to have killed a mother and her 10-year-old daughter on a boat in Cumbria. The Boat Safety Scheme and All Party Parliamentary Carbon Monoxide Group, along with fire and rescue issues the reminder and urged holiday makers ‘to be carbon monoxide safe’. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-21993924

Mother swept to her death helping sons
A mother drowned after being swept out to sea by a rip tide as she went to rescue her two sons, an inquest heard. The 53-year-old dived into the sea off Northcott Mouth, a beach near Bude in north Cornwall, after seeing her 11 and 13-year-old sons getting into difficulties on their body boards. The woman, who had an undiagnosed heart condition, was caught in the current and drowned. It was the day after the summer season’s lifeguard cover had come to an end in September. The boys were rescued by other beach users. Verdict: accident. Report.

Lifeguard found not guilty of failing to supervise users
A lifeguard accused of failing to supervise pool users in Wolverhampton when an eight-year-old boy drowned was this afternoon cleared (April 30th). Read more.

Volunteers wanted for Beach Clean event

The National Schools Partnership is looking for volunteers with an interest in their local marine life to help on a Beach Clean awareness project.
The Partnership is working with the Marine Conservation Society on the Big Beach Clean-up event in May, where volunteers will be cleaning 50 beaches across the UK. This includes an M&S/MCS sponsored campaign called School of Fish (www.school-of-fish.co.uk) which educates primary school children about the marine environment. Read more on the BSAC website…

UK beaches blighted by balloons and discarded bags of dog poo

Marine Conservation Society is concerned by rise in bagged excrement despite overall fall in amount of shore litter. Dog poo wrapped in plastic bags discarded by careless owners has emerged as one of the biggest single threats to the health and safety of beach visitors, a marine conservation charity has warned.

The finding is in the latest beach litter data collected by the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) last year and published on Thursday in its Beachwatch Big Weekend Report. The charity says the volume of dog excrement in bags left on UK beaches rose 11% between 2010 and 2011. MCS Beachwatch officer Lauren Davis says “Leaving a bag full of poo on the beach will result in preserved excrement, protected from the elements for years by a bag which could take a long time to break down.” Read the article on the Guardian’s website…

See how you can help keep Britain’s beaches clean, on the Marine Conservation Society’s website…