Woman shocked at sewage after swimming in Bexhill Sea

An NHS worker has described her horror after getting “a gulp of poo” in the sea.

Tracy Hudson said she was swimming with her partner on Bexhill beach when she realized she was swimming in sewage.

The 43-year-old, who lives five minutes from the beach, had arranged to meet friends in the heat to “cool off” with their dogs.

Tracy, who works at Conquest Hospital in St Leonards, told The Argus: “When we got there it was low tide and when we went down it was completely full.

“We went down the disabled ramp and waited for our friends to come, we saw poop floating around and assumed a kid had an accident so we backed up a bit.

“I said ‘it smells a lot like sewage’ and my partner said it was probably algae.

“Then our friends showed up and I said, ‘I’m not going in here because there’s poop floating around,’ and they said, ‘Yeah, we saw that last night when we came down.’

“We thought it was weird, but didn’t think much of it.”

The Argus: Tracy Hudson on the beach at BexhillTracy Hudson on Bexhill Beach

The group continued to the Galley Hill area of ​​the beach and saw what they thought was mud.

Tracy said: “It was really thick, slimy, smelly, disgusting mud, so we kept trying to get past it.

“Eventually we went into the water, which itself was pretty dark and sounded a bit sticky.

“We went in with the dogs, who weren’t too keen on it, which was odd.

“Anyway, we splashed around for about ten minutes and I thought, actually, that doesn’t even feel right — it felt a little bit slimy.

“At that point I kind of stood up, I was maybe up to my waist, then I realized that actually everything around us was poop. I was like ‘oh my god’.

“The dogs started getting all excited and when we tried to get out the dog spattered all over me and ended up in my mouth and nose.”

Tracy rushed home to take a shower, and later that night she felt nauseous.

She said: “I was just feeling really full and panting, I had a bit of a fever and had a really rough night.

“On Tuesday going to work in full PPE I really couldn’t breathe.

“I had a doctor’s appointment and was given antibiotics, steroids and an inhaler. They said I had contracted a respiratory infection.”

Tracy said she went into the sea on Sunday, August 14.

The Argus: Bexhill Beach on August 17th. Photo: BEMatters/TwitterBexhill Beach on August 17th. Photo: BEMatters/Twitter

Three days later, both Bexhill and Normans Bay were closed due to “significant” electrical problems at the Galley Hill pumping station, resulting in huge volumes of untreated sewage being pumped into the sea.

Yesterday, Southern Water told The Argus that there were no records of effluent releases on August 14th.

After also suffering from an upset stomach, Tracy returned to doctors earlier this week as the infection hadn’t cleared up.

She has now been sent for an x-ray and is awaiting the results.

“I honestly believe this is a direct result of being in the water and I’m not happy,” she said.

“That’s not funny. We live in a coastal town, we should be able to go in the water, I shouldn’t have to swim in what goes in the toilet.”

Tracy says she’ll text Southern Water because she “wants an apology.”

A Southern Water spokesman said: “We are sorry to hear of this lady’s illness and would love to speak to her if she wishes to be in touch.

“We are not aware of any releases in the Bexhill area between late June and mid-August.”

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