Newport Bay beach closed after sewage spill

Sewage spill closes a beach along Newport Bay

A beach along Newport Bay is closed for swimming and diving after a sewage spill Wednesday afternoon, according to Orange County health officials.  

About 50 gallons of sewage was spilled from a boat into the water at dock near Bayside Drive Beach, said Larry Honeybourne, an assistant director of environmental health with the Orange County Healthcare Agency.

Officials closed a nearby beach after the spill. The beach is expected to remain closed for at least two days, or until testing shows that bacteria has returned to acceptable levels, Honeybourne said.  

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