Stert Island Swim won't return this summer
that Burnham-On-Sea's Stert Island Swim would return this summer
have been dashed this week after organisers said the event will
not go ahead.
long-running event, in which 60 people swam between Burnham-On-Sea
and Stert Island, had taken place each summer for many years until
last year. But insurance concerns prompted by a poor EU sea water
quality survey led
to its cancellation.
Miall from West Country Triathletes told Burnham-On-Sea.com this
week: "Sadly, no one has come forward to organise the swim."
club haven't ruled it out as a possibility next year but this year
is off, which is a shame."
2017 swim had been 'pencilled in' to take place on August 27th,
the same day as Burnham-On-Sea's annual seafront rescue services
day, which will go ahead as normal.
bathing water quality was given a 'poor' rating in the latest survey
under stricter new EU bathing water standards.
from the triathletes club previously said: "Since swimming
in the sea will not be recommended, we don't feel it would be right
to encourage people to take part in this event. We feel it would
be too much of a risk to host the event as any insurance would be
Stert Island Swim originally started in 1915 but was not held for
40 years after 1960. The modern event has been running for 15 years,
having been re-introduced in the year 2000.
Water is spending £39million on a programme of work to improve
the sea water quality in Burnham-On-Sea, working alongside other
groups including local councils and the Environment Agency.