Rip tide warnings in Phuket

Although Andaman beaches might look like a piece of paradise and the waters may seem tranquil, swimmers are reminded that they need to use extra caution when swimming during the monsoon season.

During this time of year certain waters have strong currents and it is all too easy for those unused to swimming against the current to be swept out to sea. Tragically, that has already happened to a few people, despite clear signs warning swimmers to take care.

In fact, a whole host of new red flags have been set out at certain beaches, such as Karon Beach, which is particularly prone to strong currents. New signs have also been added, written in both Thai and English and signed by Thavee Thongcham, who is the mayor of Karon.

A report by the Phuket Gazette recently revealed that the signs tell potential swimmers that: “The monsoon season has started and on certain days the sea can be very dangerous. Whenever the red flag is placed, we urge you not to swim in the sea as there are invisible undercurrents which are almost impossible to detect from the shore. Too many accidents occur every year on the Andaman Sea beaches and we cannot assume responsibility for every one.”

However, staying safe shouldn’t be too much trouble as new lifeguards have also been appointed to watch over swimmers.

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