Le Figaro Nice
Suddenly, opaque and unidentified spots in the middle of the undulations of the Mediterranean Sea, near Menton (Alpes-Maritimes). Those who enjoyed a breaststroke, Sunday afternoon under the Côte d'Azur sun in the border city of Italy, had to leave the waters in a hurry because of "undetermined marine pollution", as described by the prefecture in a statement. The services of the State evoked a "iridescence of surface, types hydrocarbons, and some solid residues in suspension", appeared around 15h.
The swimmers were evacuated from the water by firefighters, municipal police and port teams from their boats. In the process, the town hall of Menton drafted a decree to prohibit swimming. On Monday afternoon, it was still prohibited until the results of the water analyzes conducted. They should make it possible to know more precisely the origin of these discharges and ensure that no more danger remains for bathers. The spots in the water, on the other hand, have disappeared.
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This marine pollution did not affect the entire Menton coastline. It was seen between the dikes of the casino and Borrigo, an interval of 300 meters. On the other hand, it was not so far from the edge of the beach, about twenty meters. The results of the analyses should be known within a few days and swimming could quickly be authorized again.