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Rio Environmental Official Takes Dip In Polluted Guanabara Bay

A Brazilian state environmental secretary has plunged into the polluted waters of Guanabara Bay as part of a televised stunt meant to assuage worries about health risks faced by sailors competing in the 2016 Olympics.
The secretariat confirmed on Monday it was indeed Andrea Correa, Rio de Janeiro State’s top environmental official, who dived into the bay for “Fantastico,” a programme  broadcast a day earlier on the Globo television network.

Footage showed the fully clothed secretary leaping off the stern of a boat, taking a few strokes and holding up a handful of water to the cameras. “You can swim here just like in Ipanema or Barra,” Correa said from within the water, referring to two Rio beaches favored by bathers.

The “Fantastico” episode stressed that Correa selected both the time and place of his plunge, saying that the official chose to swim at high tide, when clean ocean water is sucked into the bay, at a spot near the mouth of the bay with the biggest inflow.

2 Responses to Rio Environmental Official Takes Dip In Polluted Guanabara Bay

  1. Peter Webster May 7, 2015 at 11:30 pm #

    European bathing water quality standards demand that the faecal bacteria E.coli and Intestinal Enterococci are regularly tested for where bathing could take place and standards are designed to reduce the likelihood of gastrointestinal illness to less than 1 in 30. For our Olympic competitors (sailors / swimmers) these standards should be being demanded by the ISA or the relevant swimming national bodies. From the evidence I’ve seen of pollution in Guanabara Bay there is no way that water-sports of any kind should be being held there. If the American’s are dosing their athletes with prophylatic drugs to ward of the likes of Hepititis and similar infections just what are our water-sports bodies doing?

    (See the 2014 report on Bathing water Quality in Ireland for details of our bathing waters at:

    Peter Webster

  2. Peter Webster May 8, 2015 at 4:40 pm #

    European water quality standards for bathing waters – where anyone may get immersed – are very strict and require assessment of the feacal bacteria E.coli and Intestinal Enterococci. From images I have seen of Guanabara Bay no water-sports should be being undertaken there unless microbiological quality meets bathing water standards. Check the EPA website for details of Ireland’s bathing water quality.

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