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  Sewage made me sick
Updated 01 November 2004, 10.28
Annie - young surfer
Annie is a keen surfer but she is fed up of the pollution in the sea where she surfs.

She explains why it's important we all do our bit to clean up UK waters.

"I first started surfing when I was 12.

I taught myself, although I went to an all-girl's surf academy last summer.

It's really good fun and I enjoy hanging out with my mates.

When the waves are heavy it can be quite scary, but pollution is the real problem because when it rains heavily loads of sewage ends up in the sea.

Water turned brown

Last year I suffered really bad headaches and was vomiting and felt really ill.

At first we thought it was sunstroke but we're convinced it was because of sewage in the sea.

Male surfer
Surfing is a favourite hobby in Cornwall
I felt sick for a couple of days and afterwards I didn't want to go into the sea for a while.

The sewage from a drain near the harbour burst and the water actually turned brown.

It's disgusting, you should be able to go in the sea and not worry about getting ill.

Making a difference

I definitely think something should be done. Money has been spent on improving the local sewage works but it hasn't worked.

Whenever there's heavy rain we can expect the same problem.

It's really frustrating because I want to go in the water but I won't because you have to wait a few days for the water to return to normal.

Keep it clean

The government should do something about it but everyone can make a difference. My message to everyone is keep it clean.

People can help by not leaving litter on the beach. Don't go to toilet in the sea and think about what you flush down the loo.

Surfing at St Agnes and Chapel Port in Cornwall I've never seen any marine life.

I'm going on holiday to Portugal where I'm looking forward to going surfing. I think the water's going to be a lot cleaner."

Annie, 14, Cornwall


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