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Pictured: Surfers protest against the dumping of sewage at the beach near Bournemouth Pier late last year
A water company has come under fire after its environmental director advised bathers visiting Britain's premier seaside resort to swim with their mouths closed.
Ruth Barden, of Wessex Water, and Environment Agency manager Ian Withers were also criticised for stating incidents of sewage discharge into the sea had been 'sensationalised.'
Their comments were met with fury by members of Bournemouth Christchurch and Poole Council who had been discussing pollution in local sea water with them.