Status: 22/09/2023, 05:52 a.m.
By: Nadja Zinsmeister
A shot of Osibova Bay in Croatia (archive photo) © paul_prescott/IMAGO/Pond5 Images
A hotel in Croatia is supposed to let its own bathers bathe in feces. Several children have already suffered from infections. The hotel denies the allegations.
Milna/Croatia – On the holiday island of Brač in southern Croatia, holidaymakers are said to have bathed in their own faeces in the bay of Osibova without their knowledge. Secret video footage apparently shows how a hotel on the coast illegally discharges sewage into the sea. The conditions have already led to the first illnesses and skin rashes in children. The company is publicly defending itself against the allegations.
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Initially, the Croatian newspaper Morski.HR reported on the conditions in Osibova. According to its own statement, video recordings from an anonymous source were leaked to the newspaper, on which the pollution is proven. The editors then decided to publish the recordings. The video first shows night shots of a gray-colored liquid running down several rocks and finally into the sea.
Footage during the day then shows the alleged origin of the liquid: a pipe protruding from a wall near the coast. The ground around it is colored dark gray, like the liquid from the night. The wall is to be part of the hotel complex "Gava", which is located in the bay.
"Guests literally bathe in their own feces" – video shows illegal disposal in the sea
"The guests are literally bathing in their own feces," Morski.HR quotes the anonymous sender of the video from an enclosed letter to the editors. The witness accuses the hotel of secretly disposing of sewage illegally in the sea at night. During the day, guests would then swim in the same bay. It goes on to say: "Osibova - a beautiful bay near Milna - is affected by an ecocide that, as far as we know, is already going on this summer and probably even longer."
Now they have been able to collect evidence to credibly disclose the illegal disposal of the resort. For example, the responsible water supply company of the village has already informed the state supervisory authority. They, in turn, imposed a fine. However, this is not enough, especially for local residents. They want to make the story public in order to warn holidaymakers and change the conditions in the beautiful bay of Croatia in the long term. This is because the contamination of the water not only pollutes the environment, but has already led to illnesses in children.
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Croatia hotel discharges faeces into the sea – children get skin disease
"Since there is an aqua park in Gava, the children like to come there and swim," says a mother of two boys in an interview with the Morski.HR editorial team. "Both sons got this rash, but the older one, 15-year-old, has it much more intensely. We went to the doctor, and when we told him that they bathed and where they bathed, he immediately said that they got infected there."
According to the doctor, the rash is said to be the skin infection impetigo contagiosa, also known as "bark lichen". It causes itchy and painful blisters on the skin and is caused by bacteria. The newspaper published a photo of the affected child, which shows glass and purulent blisters on both arms into the camera.
Hotel complex reacts: First steps taken – but no comment on possible intent
In the meantime, the Gava hotel complex has come forward with a statement: "As soon as information about possible contamination emerged, we took all measures and steps to physically prevent the outflow of liquids, in our case technical and pool water."
They want to take samples from the sea to verify the allegations and refute the suspicions. If contamination is confirmed, appropriate steps will be taken to clean it up. The company did not comment on the accusation of deliberate pollution. (nz)