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Night swimmers ignore safety warnings

SWIMMERS are risking their lives by ignoring warnings and taking a nighttime dip near Fengxian Gulf Tourism Holiday Resort, police warned yesterday.

Locals, tourists and construction site workers in Fengxian District have been climbing flood control walls to swim in the East China Sea at night, despite “no swimming” signs.

Most swimmers think the water is not deep enough to pose safety concerns but police say the stretch can be very dangerous, especially when the tide comes in.

“The power of the sea is so strong that it can engulf a person in a second when the tide is in,” according to Zhou Quan, a frontier police officer.

“Swimmers may also be sucked into a whirlpool or dragged out by undercurrents,” Zhou added.

Police recently rescued a man who got into difficulties 30 meters from shore. It took police four hours to save the man.

“If the swimmer had been injured, it would have been harder to get him to shore,” Zhou said.



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