THE Kingsley Hotel was forced to empty out and disinfect its swimming pool at “significant cost” due to an eel being thrown into it by a passing young man.
Social media footage emerged over the last few days of the incident where the man, egged on by his friends, throws what appears to be a freshly caught eel at fencing at the rear of the hotel which overlooks the River Lee.
The eel is seen hitting the fencing and landing on the ground before the man picks it up for a second time and launches it into the outdoor swimming pool.
A splash is clearly visible on the camera phone footage and a group of men are shown running away in fits of laughter.
Seamus Leahy of the Fota Collection, who run the Kingsley Hotel, said all affected guests were spoken to by staff and all measures were taken to ensure health and safety protocol was adhered to.
“The general manager made sure the pool was cleared out and disinfected and there were significant costs involved,” he said.
“The team at the hotel dealt with the incident in the right manner. They spoke with any affected guests and reported the incident to the authorities. That’s all that they can do in the circumstances. It’s an incident that any right-minded person would have little respect for.
“We have looked at, in the past, changing the fencing structure there for a number of reasons. We are going to relook at that now. We will make a decision on that next,” he added.
The incident follows images of a dead dolphin being paraded at a party at an apartment in the city last month which was criticised by animal rights campaigners.