“Where the flags are placed differs from time to time and day to day. Sometimes the flags will be moved around depending on the waves,” PLS President Prathaiyut Chuayuan explained.
“But there are red-flag warnings at all of the beaches. Some are posted to warn of rip currents while others indicate there are rough waves and no lifeguard on duty at that location,” he added.
The current rough surf pounding Phuket’s west coast is likely to continue for at least the next few days, Mr Prathaiyut noted.
“This period of red flags will be a long one. The southwest monsoon season is still ongoing,” he said.
However, Mr Prathaiyut also pointed out that many sections of beaches remain safe to swim and have lifeguards on duty.
“Remember to swim between the red-and-yellow flags only,” he urged.