The Ministry of Natural Resources is advising the public that Cane Garden Bay beach is still unsafe for swimming.
Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Ronald Smith-Berkeley gave the caution yesterday, weeks after government announced that the beach’s water had ‘very high counts of bad bacteria’.
“If you know of anyone who is thinking about going into the water at Cane Garden Bay, for right now, it is not the safest thing to do,” Smith-Berkeley said.
“While it is quote-and-quote ‘open’– meaning you could go and relax on the sand – the caution is to not bathe in the water.”
While speaking at a public consultation on the recovery plan yesterday, the permanent secretary said both his ministry and the Ministry of Communications and Works are ‘feverishly’ trying to rectify the problem.
Cane Garden Bay beach is said to be riddled with the E coli bacteria after being exposed to untreated sewage from a neighbouring sewage plant.
E coli can cause severe cases of illness, and persons may experience seizures or strokes, need blood transfusions and kidney dialysis, or live with permanent kidney damage.
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