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Patong lifeguards warn tourists of dangerous surf

Patong lifeguards warn tourists of dangerous surf

PHUKET: Lifeguards at Patong Beach have called on all beachgoers to swim only in safe-swimming zones where yellow-red flags have been posted as the surf continues to be dangerous during the ongoing spate of heavy weather.

By The Phuket News

Monday 11 July 2022, 11:01AM

Lifeguards have especially called on tourists to not enter the water where red no-swimming flags have been posted along the beach.

Many tourists have taken to enjoying the beach despite the inclement weather, said Patong Beach chief lifeguard Somprasong Saengchat.

“Most of the people coming to the beach are tourists, mostly from India, Australia and Arab countries,” he said.

“They come to enjoy activities, such as going for a swim, riding a jet-ski, parasailing and jogging. Some of them still come to sunbathe,” he added.

Mr Somprasong admitted that weather warnings and advisories issued by agencies such as the Thai Meteorological Department sometimes do not correspond to the actual local conditions on the beach.

“Sometimes the weather conditions announced refer to areas out to sea, while people can still come to enjoy the beach,” he said.

Regardless, lifeguards have been stationed at various points along the beach to warn tourists, Mr Somprasong noted.

“Most of them are cooperating very well, but we are still warning tourists not to swim in areas where red flags are posted because it is dangerous to swim in those areas.

“We ask people to move to where yellow-red flags have been posted instead for safety, because the waves in the areas marked by red flags are quite strong,” he said.

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harald | 12 July 2022 - 10:04:04

red flaa only mean you should not swim and not swimming is vorbideen. as a good swimmer i don´t care about flaggs knowings also about current in bays

JohnC | 12 July 2022 - 08:49:42

"Lifeguards warn tourists of dangerous surf." So why show photos of Patong Beach flat and calm with practically no surf present if this is meant as a warning?

Sir Burr | 11 July 2022 - 16:26:19

....and there lies the problem.
Red flags for not swimming and red and yellow flags for safe.
So much better if they used just red, or green. Every tourist will understand that colour code, instead of being confused.


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