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06th Jul 2023

Warning for parents after nine children fall ill swimming in river

Ellen Fitzpatrick

A warning has been issued by parents after a number of children fell ill days after swimming in a local river.

Reports have been circulating online that children between the ages of six and 11 became ill after they were playing in a river at Plymbridge Woods in the UK on Saturday.

South West Water has since confirmed that a team has investigated the reports and do not have any assets near where the issue was reported.

One mum said her son and his friend have been off school sick this week due to their illness.

She told The Mirror: “I’m not the only parent with a sick child since having been at Plymbridge Woods this weekend.

“Apparently there is a sign that says raw sewage.”

Taking to Twitter, South West Water replied to a number of concerned parents asking for advice when it comes to the river.

A spokesperson said: “When we were made aware of this issue over the weekend, we sent our teams out to investigate and take spot samples which indicated that there was nothing of concern to report.

“We can confirm that we do not have any assets near to, or up-stream from Plymbridge Woods and that those further downstream are all intact with no issues identified.

“We would also like to note that this is not a designated bathing water.”