Red flags at the beach? Don’t swim

Bathers urged to respect beach safety flags

Two red flags mean that one should not swim for their own safety
Two red flags mean that one should not swim for their own safety
Despite the warnings, people still swam at Golden Bay
Despite the warnings, people still swam at Golden Bay

The Malta Tourism Authority has urged swimmers to respect beach safety flags, after these were ignored by a number of swimmers today at Golden Bay.

“Coloured flags indicate the level of danger on every bay managed by the MTA and are changed according to the roughness of the sea. Should two red flags appear, as was the case this morning, one should not venture out to swim,” the Malta Tourism Authority warned in a statement.

“Unfortunately, some opted to brave the warnings, as indicated by a photograph taken this morning at Golden Bay.”

The MTA said it worked hard to ensure that the beaches it manages meet international standards in safety.

The safety flag code is issued by the International Lifesaving Federation and a new flag system has been introduced in all beaches.

Beach flags warnings - Source: MTA
Beach flags warnings - Source: MTA

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