Swimming ban at beaches hit with algal bloom lifted

A swimming ban at Rossnowlagh and Murvagh beaches in south Donegal has been lifted by Donegal County Council.

A swimming ban at Rossnowlagh and Murvagh beaches in south Donegal has been lifted by Donegal County Council.

An algal bloom in progress off the coast of Donegal and as a precaution the council had raised red flags at both beaches to warn people away from swimming.

In a statement this afternoon the Council states that the beaches are now open again:

“Donegal County Council wishes to inform members of the public that the beach at Rossnowlagh and Murvagh is now open to bathers once again.

“The red flags have been taken down and the red/yellow flags are now flying at both beaches. This situation is being closely monitored by Donegal County Council and the Council will keep the public informed if the situation changes.

“The Council would like to remind the public that there is an algal bloom in progress off the coast of Donegal. This is a natural phenomenon. The algae is not toxic to humans but may result in dead marine life washing up on some shores.”