The popular tourist beaches at Las Burras and El Cochino were closed suddenly on the morning of Monday, June 17, due to concerns over discharge from the sewage treatment plant in the area, according to the San Bartolome de Tirajana town hall.

The incident is said to have occurred due to a breakdown in one of the pump motors at the facilities, which caused water from one of its tanks to overflow and reach the sea.

The Canary Islands Health Service have taken water samples from the area to analyse, to check for any possible health risks, and have advised that the beaches are temporarily not suitable for bathing.

The town hall say they will report back as soon as they have the all clear to reopening the beaches, once it has been confirmed that conditions for bathing are favourable again.

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