Compiled By Clarissa Chung, Oh Ing Yeen And R. Aravinthan
KOTA KINABALU: Beach resort owners have been asked to carry out a review of their precautionary measures to warn their guests of the dangers of rip currents along the Dalit Beach here, says Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Christina Liew.She made the call following the drowning of an 18-year-old South Korean tourist on Friday.
She added that although many resorts have such notices already in place, it would be good to give a fresh review on the warnings for people using the beaches.
“I believe resort and hotel owners along this stretch are knowledgeable and aware of the possible rip current risks of their beach front and would also have such Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) in place,” she added.
However, she said it would be good to revisit the placement of these signs and to also ensure that the messages on the signboards are translated into other languages, especially of those spoken by guests who frequently visit here
Liew, who is state Tourism, Culture, and Environment Minister, said the presence of lifeguards would also be advisable at the resorts.
South Korean tourist Kyeong Young-an drowned after he was swept to the open sea while swimming in the Dalit beach area at about 3.30pm last Friday.
His body was found at 6.30am on Sunday by fishermen in waters off Kampung Ganang in Tuaran about four kilometres from where he had gone missing.
Liew noted that the due to several rip current incidents in the past, warning signs are already located across the beach.
Rip currents, which are known to sweep unsuspecting swimmers from shallow waters to the open sea, have taken many along the Tuaran coastline over the years.
Liew also said that to date, there are 55 direct flights weekly from several cities in South Korea into Kota Kinabalu. Among the main attractions for the South Korean travelers here would be to visit or stay at beach resorts.The above articles are compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with a >, it denotes a separate news item.