A common hazard found on the beach can be pollution. A recent survey of UK beaches showed more than 10% are failing to meet minimum standards for clean water. The Marine Conservation Society have reported that raw sewage is still being pumped into the sea in some areas and is finding its way onto beaches.
There is a fish that can be found on some UK beaches called a Weever fish. If you are unlucky enough to step on one, you are likely to feel a sharp pain which gets worse and spreads along your leg, often causing swelling.
Many people can develop an allergic reaction as a result and may develop a rapid pulse, start to sweat, and feel nauseous as the poison travels further into the body.
Some people may collapse as a result, while others can develop chest pain, although the sting is not usually fatal.