Southend Seafront may have have to wait a little longer for the proposed lagoon to open .....

Plans to develop a new lagoon on the seafront in Westcliff are now in serious doubt after a test event in early January ended in disaster. A top secret trial was held in the proposed location for the lagoon at 4am on Wednesday 6th January, with 50 bathers taking to the water to see if the idea of a ’24/7, 365 days a year’ lagoon would work – 46 of these individuals ended up being taken to Southend Hospital suffering from Hypothermia.

An onlooker, who didn’t want to be named, confirmed these details to a Southend News Network reporter. She/he said: ‘It must have been 1 degree below freezing at the time, so heaven knows how cold it must have been in the water. The group was taken out to a depth of 10 feet in a boat, and they were then told to dive in – ten minutes later they were being pulled out and wrapped up in foil blankets like a load of irritated jacket potatoes.’

A source at the local council has confirmed that different solutions are being investigated to heat the water when the attraction opens in the summer.  Fortunately, all of the test participants were allowed to leave hospital within 24-48 hours.

In another development, Caribbean holiday giant Sandals has reported a 57% drop in bookings since the announcement that Southend is to get its own lagoon.