National Maritime Authority warns of dangers on beaches after serious accidents in recent days

Since Saturday, 65 rescues have been recorded in mainland Portugal, one person has drowned and another is missing at sea

The National Maritime Authority once again alerts the entire population to the precautions to be taken when going to the beach, especially at this time of extreme heat in which the beaches are still unsupervised and where there has been a high number of rescues, some of them serious, on Portuguese beaches.

Since last Saturday, May 23, 65 rescues have been recorded in mainland Portugal, one person has disappeared and one mortal victim is lamenting. These last two cases took place yesterday in Prainha, in Alvor.

The Maritime Authority stresses that “it is important to remember that some beaches have, in their submerged area, the effects of winter sea agitation, such as bottoms, steep slopes, eddies and water streams. Some of these phenomena are not visible, causing danger for those who enter the water».

The bathing season will only start on the 6th of June, therefore, «most beaches do not have permanent surveillance», it being «fundamental that all people adopt a safety behavior and avoid unnecessarily exposing themselves to risk».

"It is also extremely important to comply with the rules of social distancing and respect all indications from the authorities, with the aim of reducing the spread of the pandemic caused by Covid-19."

In addition to the above recommendations, the National Maritime Authority also makes the following advice: «continuously monitor children and do not allow them to stray, keeping them always close to an adult», «avoid risky behavior. Do not turn your back to the sea, avoiding being surprised by a wave", "if you witness a dangerous situation in the water, do not enter and ask for help via 112".