Joe Whye has revealed that he and two friends were ‘really spoiled for two weeks’ after swimming in Buckinghamshire’s River Ouse.
The Radio 2 host, 56, shared on Twitter on Wednesday that she was ‘finally feeling better’, drawing attention to a tweet by Feargal Sharkey, former lead singer of The Undertones, which read: ‘Rivers of sewage Leakage makes them. Unsafe to swim with even more reports of people falling ill.’
Star a. reposted the link of Times An article published this week confirmed: ‘Raw sewage spilling into the Thames after rain is making popular swimming spots unsafe.’
Unwell: Joe Wei, 56, reveals he and two friends were ‘really bad for two weeks’ after swimming in the Ouse River in Buckinghamshire
On the correction: The Radio 2 host shared on Twitter Wednesday that she ‘finally felt better’ (Pictured: Joe and friends enjoyed a swim earlier this month)
Joe wrote: ‘After almost two weeks of getting sick after swimming in our river I’m finally feeling better’
Stating that volunteers were collecting water samples from popular wild swimming hotspots in Oxford, including Kennington Meadows and Port Meadow, over 18 days, the paper showed laboratory tests ‘average bacterial levels of twice the recommended safety limits during May and June. ‘ Found.
Levels of such bacteria were also recorded ‘on days when adults and children over 70 were swimming’.
The newspaper also noted that according to the Oxford River Project ‘several people reported falling ill after bathing at the sites’.
In her series of tweets, Joe said she was swimming in the Ouse River between Newton Blossomville and Olney which is about 47 miles from Oxford’s Port Meadow spot.
Joe confirms: ‘The River Ouse near Newton Blossomville / Olney. We all want to feel normal again’
Helpful: Former Undertone singer Feargal Sharkey reached out to Joe on Twitter with helpful information
MailOnline has contacted Milton Keynes Council for comment.
Joe also posted a photo of himself and two female friends mid-dip, writing: ‘Since these pics are of our swimming in a chill but beautiful river, we all have upset stomachs, which is about our beautiful condition. is dangerous. Rivers but also really painful.’
He asked his followers: ‘Any advice open water swimmers?’
River pollution in England
Data published in 2020 showed that only 14% of England’s rivers were in good ecological standard
Environment Agency figures show none were found to be in good chemical standard and contaminants failed to meet quality tests
Statistics show that pollution from chemicals, sewage discharges and agriculture have a major impact on the quality of our river
Feargal, 63, is now an avid campaigner for the Angling Trust and told Mirror In April: ‘Not a single river in England is in good ecological condition. Each one is slowly being poisoned by sewage. This is a shocking situation.’
He said: ‘Water companies have been allowed by the Environment Agency to deprive rivers of a basic resource necessary for survival – water.
‘We are treating our rivers really, really badly. We’re just getting all the water out of them and, believe it or not, dumping raw sewage into them monotonously regularly. If we don’t do anything, we will lose them in the next three or four years.’
Campaigner: Feargall, 63, is now an ardent campaigner for the Angling Trust and told The Mirror in April: ‘England does not have a single river in good ecological condition’ (pictured in 2005)