If you plan on swimming in the sea off one of Phuket’s beautiful beaches, make sure you look out for the red flags and other signs, which have been put in place to warn swimmers about strong currents in certain parts of the water.
The currents can be so strong that several people have already drowned this summer, many of them simply because they ignored the natural and man-made warning signs. Karon Beach is one area where swimmers are particularly at risk, but only in certain parts.
To try and draw attention to this fact, new signs have recently been erected. According to a recent report by the Phuket Gazette these signs include a message in English and have been signed by Karon Mayor Thavee Thongcham.
“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.”
Life guards have also been appointed in notorious danger spots, so swimmers should have no problem staying safe this summer.