x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 27 July 2017

Sharjah police issue new warning after 2 drown

A police spokesman has urged beachgoers not to enter the water in areas marked as dangerous for swimmers by safety flags, while hotel guests should always check that a lifeguard is on duty.

SHARJAH // Police have renewed warnings about water safety after two men drowned within a week.

An Egyptian man died on Friday night while swimming off Al Khan beach.

Earlier in the week, another Egyptian man, who was visiting with this family for the Eid holidays, drowned in the pool at the Marbella Resort on Buhairah corniche.

A police spokesman has urged beachgoers not to enter the water in areas marked as dangerous for swimmers by safety flags, while hotel guests should always check that a lifeguard is on duty.

"We now have enough lifeguards on most beaches but it would be good for swimmers also to take caution of dangerous areas and avoid swimming when the waves are high," he said.

He added that most of the recent drownings in the emirate happened in areas where swimming was prohibited and called on the public to avoid these beaches.

The high waves that battered Sharjah over the weekend had calmed by yesterday.

"We always have forecasts for every 48 hours and always appeal to anyone going to the sea for any activity to check the forecasts," an official from the Sharjah weather officesaid.

Visitors at Al Khan beach yesterday said they were aware of the potential dangers but were eager to take a dip after staying away during Ramadan.

ykakande@thenational.ae