Patong steps up surf safety

PATONG: Strong waves creating dangerous swimming conditions in Patong have prompted officers from Patong Municipality to volunteer to keep watch along Patong Beach for tourists who may get into difficulty in the heavy surf.

The move follows a weather warning issued yesterday by the Meteorological Department urging people in risk areas along the Andaman Coast to beware of flash-flooding and for all ships in the area to proceed with caution.

Patong Deputy Mayor Chairat Sukkaban told the Gazette, “Our officers have volunteered to stand by on the beach to look out for tourists. Sailors from the Third Naval Area Command and police officers are also helping out.”

He urged all tourists to heed the red “no swimming” flags when posted on the beach. “We need all tourists to please check for red warning flags before they go swimming. Even though the heavy rains have stopped, the wind and the waves are still strong,” he added.

Phuket News

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