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Take care warning for swimmers

The Leisure and Cultural Services Department reminds swimmers to pay attention to their health and swimming skills when engaging in aquatic activities.

It has been noted that swimmers are more vulnerable to accidents when they ignore their physical condition or attempt to swim in deep water areas disregarding their swimming skills.

In 2003, a total of 286 swimmers got into difficulties in public swimming pools and at public beaches and eight died after being rescued.

The spokesman also reminded parents to take extra care when their children were swimming. Children aged under 12 are not permitted to use public swimming pools unless accompanied by adults.

Those who suffer from infectious diseases such as acute conjunctivitis, acute gastroenteritis or respiratory tract infections should be considerate to other swimmers and not enter public swimming pool areas," he added.

"Anyone found in a pool area with symptoms of infectious disease will be advised to leave and seek medical attention."

For more guidelines on water sports safety and services and facilities provided by the department, the public can visit the website of the Swimmers' Handbook at .

The handbook has many useful guidelines on water sports safety such as "Do not swim immediately after a meal", "Do not rely on swimming aids solely", "Do not swim at dawn, at dusk, at night or when you are bleeding or have any open wound to avoid shark attack."

The handbook also lists facilities at public beaches, the addresses and telephone numbers of public beaches and public swimming pools, and a map of the distribution of these beaches.

Ends/Sunday, April 4, 2004
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