Friday, May 31, 2013

338 reasons not to swim in the Thames

Wild swimming is all the rage. Forget chlorinated caged waters, head out to open waters flowing freely under the sky.

But there are downsides. In a recent swim at Hampton Court out of 700 swimmers 338 of them got "symptoms including diarrhoea, stomach cramps and vomiting."

Despite improvements Thames water is not known for their purity: over spills of sewage,  then there's rats, ducks and cattle all doing their things plus rubbish, which included on yesterday's kayak a used condom.

But that didn't stop this band of enthusiasts brave the risks and cold along the banks of Chiswick.

Rather them than me to be honest.


Bursledon Blogger said...

Interesting when we were kids in the 60's we swam in the non tidal Thames my mum always maintained it was better than the swimming pool as she thought all those people in a small pool was a breeding ground for germs . Everything you read claims the Thames has got cleaner in the past 50 years , who knows

JP said...

The water quality probably varies a lot depending upon whether the rain has flushed the sewers. I've done a couple of kayaking upside down drills in the Thames without incident but it been very dry then.

I wouldn't like to go in the river after heavy rains!