Faeces found floating off Brighton beach

The Argus: Faeces found floating off Brighton beach Faeces found floating off Brighton beach

Faeces have been found floating off Brighton beach this morning.

Members of Surfers Against Sewage reported the human waste which they found floating between Palace Pier and West Pier this morning.

An Environment Agency spokesperson said it was aware of the report and was working with Brighton and Hove City Council.

They added it is not unsual in wet conditions for some watered-down effluent to be flushed out to sea to prevent flooding on the mainland.

A Surfers Against sewage spokesman said: "At 7.15 this morning the P2P Swimming Club entered the water for their morning swim, however only metres from the West Pier the swimmers found themselves in the middle of a slick of raw sewage.

"Gentle winds and calm waters mean it’s a great day to enjoy the water, if you are a Brighton water user this incident has the potential to seriously impact upon your health.

"Once again UK water users have been forced to risk their health to take part in the sports they love.

Paul Smith MD of Swim UK, counted 20-25 pieces of solid excrement in his immediate vicinity, and said “It’s the worst we’ve seen it in over 30 years, the slick stretched as far as the eye could see”.

P2P Swimming Club in Brighton immediately left the water and have suspended all swims for the next couple of days and are taking precautions with their health. 

A Southern Water spokesman said: “We have investigated these reports and can confirm that there have been no releases from any of our facilities which could affect this bathing water.”

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11:53am Tue 27 Nov 12

pperrin says...

The public should be informed on EVERY OCCASION that raw sewage is flushed into the sea.

If the water company don't want to tell us can't the outlet be monitored?
The public should be informed on EVERY OCCASION that raw sewage is flushed into the sea. If the water company don't want to tell us can't the outlet be monitored? pperrin

11:54am Tue 27 Nov 12

Dealing with idiots says...

Thats no way to speak about our much respected leader of the council.
Thats no way to speak about our much respected leader of the council. Dealing with idiots

12:00pm Tue 27 Nov 12

funkyyoyo says...

breaking news!!! leaves have been discovered on pavements and roads in brighton today,council staff were left baffled!!
breaking news!!! leaves have been discovered on pavements and roads in brighton today,council staff were left baffled!! funkyyoyo

12:03pm Tue 27 Nov 12

Man With No Name says...

It is monitored. By southern water themselves, they are required to report it to the EA but let's be honest....
It is monitored. By southern water themselves, they are required to report it to the EA but let's be honest.... Man With No Name

12:04pm Tue 27 Nov 12

BagelCat says...

Could be worse.. it could have been the microwave at CityClean.
Could be worse.. it could have been the microwave at CityClean. BagelCat

12:12pm Tue 27 Nov 12

Crystal Ball says...

Perhaps someone got caught short and relieved themselves in the English Channel?
Perhaps someone got caught short and relieved themselves in the English Channel? Crystal Ball

12:27pm Tue 27 Nov 12

s&k says...

Can't be as bad as the pavements in Brighton!
Can't be as bad as the pavements in Brighton! s&k

1:04pm Tue 27 Nov 12

derekhunt says...

20-25 pieces stretching as far as the eye could see?

Either he needs to get his eyes checked or it’s not human waste
20-25 pieces stretching as far as the eye could see? Either he needs to get his eyes checked or it’s not human waste derekhunt

1:07pm Tue 27 Nov 12

Number Six says...

They weren't really swimming. They were just going through the motions
They weren't really swimming. They were just going through the motions Number Six

1:07pm Tue 27 Nov 12

Number Six says...

They weren't really swimming. They were just going through the motions
They weren't really swimming. They were just going through the motions Number Six

1:15pm Tue 27 Nov 12

angrymonkey says...

souther water can they do anything good? they should be shut down and get someone good looking after are coast and water ways and getting are bills correct.
souther water can they do anything good? they should be shut down and get someone good looking after are coast and water ways and getting are bills correct. angrymonkey

1:53pm Tue 27 Nov 12

Poccypoc says...

Is this REALLY news?! Lots of people relieve themselves in the sea. I don't because I rarely go in it.
Is this REALLY news?! Lots of people relieve themselves in the sea. I don't because I rarely go in it. Poccypoc

1:55pm Tue 27 Nov 12

Poccypoc says...

Is this REALLY news?! Lots of people relieve themselves in the sea. I don't because I rarely go in it.
Is this REALLY news?! Lots of people relieve themselves in the sea. I don't because I rarely go in it. Poccypoc

1:58pm Tue 27 Nov 12

Lord Tilford says...

Number Six wrote:
They weren't really swimming. They were just going through the motions
Close the internet - we have a winner!
[quote][p][bold]Number Six[/bold] wrote: They weren't really swimming. They were just going through the motions[/p][/quote]Close the internet - we have a winner! Lord Tilford

2:04pm Tue 27 Nov 12

Rocco10 says...

It's not a surprise bearing in mind 100% of Brighton and Hoves sewer contents are just pumped out to sea, hence why they're building the new facility at Peacehaven. Should be finished soon I think. But until then it all goes straight out the outfall.
It's not a surprise bearing in mind 100% of Brighton and Hoves sewer contents are just pumped out to sea, hence why they're building the new facility at Peacehaven. Should be finished soon I think. But until then it all goes straight out the outfall. Rocco10

3:07pm Tue 27 Nov 12

Idontbelieveit1948 says...

So the Greens have finally torn up their manifesto and flushed it away !
So the Greens have finally torn up their manifesto and flushed it away ! Idontbelieveit1948

3:37pm Tue 27 Nov 12

meaty loaf says...

Thank god they've finally been found, but I was never aware any had gone missing in the first place. If this had been reported when they first went missing they might have been found much sooner. I bet their owner is relieved (no pun intended).
Thank god they've finally been found, but I was never aware any had gone missing in the first place. If this had been reported when they first went missing they might have been found much sooner. I bet their owner is relieved (no pun intended). meaty loaf

3:59pm Tue 27 Nov 12

inadaptado says...

It's freezing! Who the hell goes to swim in this weather?
It's freezing! Who the hell goes to swim in this weather? inadaptado

4:17pm Tue 27 Nov 12

Phani Tikkala says...

BagelCat wrote:
Could be worse.. it could have been the microwave at CityClean.
Brilliant! 10/10
[quote][p][bold]BagelCat[/bold] wrote: Could be worse.. it could have been the microwave at CityClean.[/p][/quote]Brilliant! 10/10 Phani Tikkala

4:36pm Tue 27 Nov 12

mruno says...

Can't blame the Greens for this, must be the Browns.
Can't blame the Greens for this, must be the Browns. mruno

4:44pm Tue 27 Nov 12

Flippin Burghers says...

BagelCat wrote:
Could be worse.. it could have been the microwave at CityClean.
Did the council ever crack that case? The Argus never did a follow-through, I mean follow-up.
[quote][p][bold]BagelCat[/bold] wrote: Could be worse.. it could have been the microwave at CityClean.[/p][/quote]Did the council ever crack that case? The Argus never did a follow-through, I mean follow-up. Flippin Burghers

5:25pm Tue 27 Nov 12

morgan60 says...

Southern water will always say Not our Problem when we all know they still release sewage into the sea what is Happening we apy extortionate bills and ghey pollute us !!!!
Southern water will always say Not our Problem when we all know they still release sewage into the sea what is Happening we apy extortionate bills and ghey pollute us !!!! morgan60

5:25pm Tue 27 Nov 12

morgan60 says...

Southern water will always say Not our Problem when we all know they still release sewage into the sea what is Happening we apy extortionate bills and ghey pollute us !!!!
Southern water will always say Not our Problem when we all know they still release sewage into the sea what is Happening we apy extortionate bills and ghey pollute us !!!! morgan60

5:25pm Tue 27 Nov 12

morgan60 says...

Southern water will always say Not our Problem when we all know they still release sewage into the sea what is Happening we apy extortionate bills and ghey pollute us !!!!
Southern water will always say Not our Problem when we all know they still release sewage into the sea what is Happening we apy extortionate bills and ghey pollute us !!!! morgan60

5:25pm Tue 27 Nov 12

morgan60 says...

Southern water will always say Not our Problem when we all know they still release sewage into the sea what is Happening we apy extortionate bills and ghey pollute us !!!!
Southern water will always say Not our Problem when we all know they still release sewage into the sea what is Happening we apy extortionate bills and ghey pollute us !!!! morgan60

5:25pm Tue 27 Nov 12

morgan60 says...

Southern water will always say Not our Problem when we all know they still release sewage into the sea what is Happening we apy extortionate bills and ghey pollute us !!!!
Southern water will always say Not our Problem when we all know they still release sewage into the sea what is Happening we apy extortionate bills and ghey pollute us !!!! morgan60

5:33pm Tue 27 Nov 12

sbiscorrupt says...

Did Kitcrap decide to try and end it all?
Did Kitcrap decide to try and end it all? sbiscorrupt

6:17pm Tue 27 Nov 12

Angryoldman says...

Number Six wrote:
They weren't really swimming. They were just going through the motions
Lol. Fabulous.
[quote][p][bold]Number Six[/bold] wrote: They weren't really swimming. They were just going through the motions[/p][/quote]Lol. Fabulous. Angryoldman

6:34pm Tue 27 Nov 12

Lord Tilford says...

We have a choice between paying higher water rates to deal with such an eventuality or just putting up with it when it happens - we're really caught between two stools.
We have a choice between paying higher water rates to deal with such an eventuality or just putting up with it when it happens - we're really caught between two stools. Lord Tilford

6:42pm Tue 27 Nov 12

sussexram40 says...

Somebody needs to keep a log about this so we know how often there is a problem with floaters. If Southern Water won't give up the information then the Council needs to flush it out of them. It will be a great relief when it has passed and the sea is clean.
Somebody needs to keep a log about this so we know how often there is a problem with floaters. If Southern Water won't give up the information then the Council needs to flush it out of them. It will be a great relief when it has passed and the sea is clean. sussexram40

7:03pm Tue 27 Nov 12

Lord Tilford says...

I remember a similar thing happening during World War II when thousands of children from London and Coventry were evacuated here.
I remember a similar thing happening during World War II when thousands of children from London and Coventry were evacuated here. Lord Tilford

7:28pm Tue 27 Nov 12

Juleyanne says...

faeces floating in the sea! yes, I had heard the countryside alliance planned a winter swim.
faeces floating in the sea! yes, I had heard the countryside alliance planned a winter swim. Juleyanne

7:32pm Tue 27 Nov 12

Telscombe Cliffy says...

'****' happens. And it has.
'****' happens. And it has. Telscombe Cliffy

8:48pm Tue 27 Nov 12

Flippin Burghers says...

Don't suppose this outbreak has anything to do with Palace Pier?
Don't suppose this outbreak has anything to do with Palace Pier? Flippin Burghers

11:30pm Tue 27 Nov 12

Nellie's Grandson says...

I must the P2P swimming club. Sounds great fun freezing to death and swimming through 60m long turds. Stretched as far as the eye can see, 20 turds, get real if you are going to complain. I for one don't want to see my water rates increase just so people with little better to do can swim in the sea in November, you would not get me in there on a hot day in August!
I must the P2P swimming club. Sounds great fun freezing to death and swimming through 60m long turds. Stretched as far as the eye can see, 20 turds, get real if you are going to complain. I for one don't want to see my water rates increase just so people with little better to do can swim in the sea in November, you would not get me in there on a hot day in August! Nellie's Grandson

6:41am Wed 28 Nov 12

John Steed says...

I have swam in the sea at brighton since the fifties, my brother also, the cry of "Jobbie" & "Johnnie" used to be part of life if you went out to far on an ebb tide, but I am still here to tell the story, so is my brother, never caught anything swimming in the sea, nor it has to be said by swimming in the river ember, river mole or the thames at hampton court and other locations up stream.
I get fed up with hearing SAS moaning all the time, what do they do surf around with a little flag trying to find one of their own to stick it in, as to P2P,must be suffering from short memories, sewage is not nice in the water but has been a fact of life for centuries,
I have swam in the sea at brighton since the fifties, my brother also, the cry of "Jobbie" & "Johnnie" used to be part of life if you went out to far on an ebb tide, but I am still here to tell the story, so is my brother, never caught anything swimming in the sea, nor it has to be said by swimming in the river ember, river mole or the thames at hampton court and other locations up stream. I get fed up with hearing SAS moaning all the time, what do they do surf around with a little flag trying to find one of their own to stick it in, as to P2P,must be suffering from short memories, sewage is not nice in the water but has been a fact of life for centuries, John Steed

8:59am Wed 28 Nov 12

Fairfax Sakes says...

I wish everytone would stop poo-pooing the facts of the story.
I wish everytone would stop poo-pooing the facts of the story. Fairfax Sakes

9:38am Wed 28 Nov 12

MontyDon says...

I could do with some of that **** for my garden, could someone take out
A tesco bag and collect some for monty....
I could do with some of that **** for my garden, could someone take out A tesco bag and collect some for monty.... MontyDon

10:51am Wed 28 Nov 12

baron Von Skidmark says...

Well...I'd heard it was Frankie Cockozza taking a dip to publicise his new single ?
Well...I'd heard it was Frankie Cockozza taking a dip to publicise his new single ? baron Von Skidmark

11:41am Wed 28 Nov 12

nosolution says...

I blame it on the greens...too much fibre..
I blame it on the greens...too much fibre.. nosolution

11:58am Wed 28 Nov 12

Flippin Burghers says...

The alternative to raw sewage is cooked sewage. But for that one needs a suitable microwave oven. You pays yer money and takes yer choice...
The alternative to raw sewage is cooked sewage. But for that one needs a suitable microwave oven. You pays yer money and takes yer choice... Flippin Burghers

12:02pm Wed 28 Nov 12

Joshiman says...

Keep eating your "Greens"
Keep eating your "Greens" Joshiman

3:50pm Wed 28 Nov 12

PorkBoat says...

"Members of Surfers Against Sewage reported the human waste which they found floating between Palace Pier and West Pier this morning". Is this what Robert Plant was singing about when he recorded "Big Log"?
"Members of Surfers Against Sewage reported the human waste which they found floating between Palace Pier and West Pier this morning". Is this what Robert Plant was singing about when he recorded "Big Log"? PorkBoat

4:17pm Wed 28 Nov 12

Mr. Mann. says...

MontyDon wrote:
I could do with some of that **** for my garden, could someone take out
A tesco bag and collect some for monty....
There are of course other supermarket bags which can transport poo just as well, in the interest of product displacement...

Unfortunately I think most of it may have evolved and taken up residence in the London Road/Grand Parade area judging by some of the specimens I've seen trapsing around that area today.
[quote][p][bold]MontyDon[/bold] wrote: I could do with some of that **** for my garden, could someone take out A tesco bag and collect some for monty....[/p][/quote]There are of course other supermarket bags which can transport poo just as well, in the interest of product displacement... Unfortunately I think most of it may have evolved and taken up residence in the London Road/Grand Parade area judging by some of the specimens I've seen trapsing around that area today. Mr. Mann.

4:50am Thu 29 Nov 12

Cash Cow says...

John Steed wrote:
I have swam in the sea at brighton since the fifties, my brother also, the cry of "Jobbie" & "Johnnie" used to be part of life if you went out to far on an ebb tide, but I am still here to tell the story, so is my brother, never caught anything swimming in the sea, nor it has to be said by swimming in the river ember, river mole or the thames at hampton court and other locations up stream.
I get fed up with hearing SAS moaning all the time, what do they do surf around with a little flag trying to find one of their own to stick it in, as to P2P,must be suffering from short memories, sewage is not nice in the water but has been a fact of life for centuries,
Got to agree with you John, I have also swam in the sea at Brighton every year since learning to swim and I have never suffered any adverse effects, despite bumping into the odd fat turd bobbing past.
[quote][p][bold]John Steed[/bold] wrote: I have swam in the sea at brighton since the fifties, my brother also, the cry of "Jobbie" & "Johnnie" used to be part of life if you went out to far on an ebb tide, but I am still here to tell the story, so is my brother, never caught anything swimming in the sea, nor it has to be said by swimming in the river ember, river mole or the thames at hampton court and other locations up stream. I get fed up with hearing SAS moaning all the time, what do they do surf around with a little flag trying to find one of their own to stick it in, as to P2P,must be suffering from short memories, sewage is not nice in the water but has been a fact of life for centuries,[/p][/quote]Got to agree with you John, I have also swam in the sea at Brighton every year since learning to swim and I have never suffered any adverse effects, despite bumping into the odd fat turd bobbing past. Cash Cow

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