VIDEO: No sign of pool closure means people keep swimming

UPDATE, TUESDAY: When The Daily Examiner visited the Blue Pools at Angourie this morning at 11am, we were met with a crowd of people preparing to, and jumping into the waters.

Members of the Nolan family on holidays from Brisbane, whose children were ready to swim in the water, said they had known that the Blue Pools had been closed previously, but had not seen no signs to indicate it was currently closed.

"We had just read the story on the internet," they said. "There should be some signs to say that it's closed off.

The sign that is at the top of the walk down to the blue and green pools at Angourie.
The sign that is at the top of the walk down to the blue and green pools at Angourie. Adam Hourigan

 

"All we saw was a sign saying that there may be algae present, but we figured that was something to cover them.

"The kids will be disappointed, but we're not going to swim in it."

They said they had wondered about the brown colour of the water of the Blue Pools, but said the problems with the Green Pools, where the water was as green as its name, were much more obvious.

The Daily Examiner encountered crowds of approximately 30 people during the half-hour stay, and relayed the warning to them.

Angourie blue pools has algae.January 18, 2015Photo: Leigh Jensen / Daily Examiner
Angourie blue pools has algae.January 18, 2015Photo: Leigh Jensen / Daily Examiner Leigh Jensen

ORIGINAL STORY: Clarence Valley Council is warning people to stay out of the water at the popular Blue Pools and Green Pools at Angourie.

A red alert has been issued warning people against swimming in or other recreational use of the swimming areas.

The latest results continue to show high algae counts, including the potentially toxic cyanophyta (blue-green algae) making it unsuitable for swimming.

People are advised not to enter the water, and are further advised not to drink untreated water from Angourie Pools while a red level warning is in place.

Domestic animals should also not enter the water. Blue-green algae is known to cause illness or even death in animals, while dogs are particularly susceptible as they ingest algae by licking their coats.

Boiling the water does not inactivate algal toxins.

The Blue Pools at Angourie which has been closed due to a toxic blue-green algae bloom.
The Blue Pools at Angourie which has been closed due to a toxic blue-green algae bloom. Adam Hourigan


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