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Phuket lifeguards warn of surf danger as sections of beaches closed

PHUKET: The President of the Phuket Lifeguard Service (PLS) has warned swimmers to obey the red “No Swimming” flags at beaches along Phuket’s west coast after a section of Nai Thon Beach with dangerous surf was closed earlier today (Aug 21).

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Monday 21 August 2017, 05:36PM


“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.

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“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.

 

 

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Kurt | 21 August 2017 - 19:17:21

Is it not time that each beach gets a senior beach guard with more authority to keep people out of the sea at red flag areas?
It can safe lives.

Please, no reactions about why it can not.
Where is a will, there is a way.

 

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