Seaton Carew beach re-opens to bathers after sewage scare

Seaton Carew beach was subject to a warning
Seaton Carew beach was subject to a warning

BEACHGOERS can go back in the water at Seaton Carew after a problem with a sewage pipe was fixed, council officials have confirmed.

Yesterday Northumbrian Water and Hartlepool Borough Council issued what they described as a “precautionary warning” to visitors to Seaton Carew beach due to the sewer main suffering a fracture, which had caused human waste to be released into the water.

Residents of the Redcar area were issued the same warning.

But now the problem has been fixed and beachgoers can safely go into the water.

The incident came to light when workers from the BOC Chemicals compound on PD Ports land at Seal Sands, noticed surface flooding.

Northumbrian water was contacted and engineers were sent to the scene.

While tankers cleaned up escaped waste at the site, a connection was made to divert sewage to another sewer at Cargo Fleet, in Middlesbrough, so the affected pipe could be drained and fixed.

Waste had to be released into the River Tees for around three hours during high tide, which had in turn flowed into the sea, sparking yesterday’s warning for people not to go into the waters of Seaton Carew and Redcar.

The repair completion on the pipe – which is believed to have been damaged by possible ground movement – was completed last night.

A council spokesman told the Mail that the restrictions had been lifted and that people were free to go back into the water.