Popular Pool Closed After Possible Needle Prick Sparks Safety Fears
A Queensland woman is undergoing health tests after possibly being pricked by a needle while going for a swim in a public pool.
The incident has forced the temporary closure of the Brisbane City Council-operated Wynnum Wading Pool as it undergoes a thorough clean.
Authorities began draining the ocean bath at low tide after the female swimmer aged in her twenties was injured.
“We know that it was a sharp object. It could have been a piece of glass, it could have been a needle, we don't know,” said Lord Mayor Graham Quirk.
The victim now faces an agonising wait for blood test results as council crews work to clean and refill the tidal pool.
Visitors to the Wynnum foreshore told 10 News First they were angry that someone’s recklessness had ruined the long weekend for hundreds planning an Australia Day dip.
“They don’t think of anyone else but themselves,” Dawn Rundell said.
“They just throw it in and walk away.”
It’s the second time in two years the pool has been closed due to a suspected needle stick injury.
A lack of CCTV covering the pool area is something local Councillor Peter Cumming has promised to address.
“I'm not sure how feasible that would be, but it's something we’ve got to look at,” he said.
The pool clean-up is expected to take at least five days.
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