Council tries to tape off the sea to stop Christmas bathers having

first_imgA Christmas Day swimmer skips out of the cold waters on Brighton beach A “nanny state” council are trying to stop Christmas bathers from having a festive dip due to health and safety concerns by taping off parts of a beach.Every year hundreds of swimmers jump in the sea on Christmas morning, but the local council want to put an end to the tradition.Brighton and Hove City Council in East Sussex announced it will take measures to try and prevent one of the city’s most famous Christmas traditions over fears swimmers will get hypothermia. The authority’s seafront officers are urging residents and visitors to stay away from the water this winter by closing access to the beaches around Brighton Pier.Concerns have been raised that the recent mild weather had drawn more people onto the beaches with many getting dangerously close to the crashing waves.Bosses also fear bathers will think the water is warmer than it is and could easily die from the plunging body temperatures. A Christmas Day swimmer skips out of the cold waters on Brighton beachCredit:EPA/ANDY RAIN I don’t think anybody will take any notice, you cannot fence off the beach, you cannot stop people going inJohn Kapp Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.center_img But the council insists that even on an apparently clear sunny day, the sea temperature can drop body temperature so quickly it can have deadly results and only takes a few minutes for the body’s core temperature to drop by two degrees and for the onset of hypothermia to begin.Chris Ingall, seafront operations manager for Brighton City Council, said: “The continuing mild weather has meant that, as with last year, the seafront has been much busier than in previous winters.”It’s been great to see so many people enjoying a stroll on the promenade and its good news for seafront businesses, but we would ask people to stay on the path or high up on the beach, especially when the sea conditions are rough.”Sea swimming takes skill, stamina and knowledge of the physical dangers and should only be for the very experienced, using suitable wetsuits, in very calm conditions and with a friend.”Even on a calm day sea currents, undertow or a sudden change in weather can create life threatening hazards without warning. Even experienced swimmers can get caught out.” Members of the public head into the freezing sea for the annual Brighton Swimming Club Christmas Day swimCredit:Chris Ison/PA But health campaigner and sea swimmer John Kapp has hit back saying the council’s approach was misguided and unlikely to succeed.The 81-year-old said he put his own good health down to the invigorating qualities of a dip in the sea whatever the season.Mr Kapp said: “I would say that’s a stupid idea, I would say that is counter-productive to health.”More than 300 years ago a doctor said sea swimming was beneficial to health and it’s the reason the Prince Regent came here.”I don’t think anybody will take any notice, you cannot fence off the beach, you cannot stop people going in.”This is the nanny state, they should have better things to do.” Members of the public head into the freezing sea for the annual Brighton Swimming Club Christmas Day swimlast_img read more

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