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August
Most LCSD Swimming Facilities Remain Open Today
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With more than half of the lifeguards of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) reporting duty as usual and the assistance from organisations, including the Hong Kong Life Saving Society, Auxiliary Medical Services (AMS), Hong Kong Swimming Teachers' Association, and Hong Kong Amateur Swimming Association, most swimming pools and beaches of the LCSD remained open today (August 1) despite the industrial action taken by some LCSD lifeguards.

Among LCSD's 36 swimming pools, 32 beaches as well as four water sports centres, 13 swimming pools were fully open and 21 swimming pools were partially open; 22 beaches were also open. Two swimming pools were closed and 10 beaches had lifeguard services suspended. The four water sports centres were also open.

The department thanked the LCSD lifeguards who reported duty, the honorary lifeguards and all other staff for rendering services at public swimming pools and gazetted beaches, as well as the public's understanding.

Details of the on-duty lifeguards at swimming pools and beaches are:

Morning session (as at 10.45am)
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Number of lifeguards required: 709
Number of LCSD lifeguards who reported duty: 452
Number of honorary lifeguards and members from the AMS: 159

Afternoon Session (as at 2.45pm)
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Number of lifeguards required: 812
Number of LCSD lifeguards who reported duty: 400
Number of honorary lifeguards and members from the AMS: 162

Night Session
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(as at 6pm at beaches)
Number of lifeguards required: 358
Number of LCSD lifeguards who reported duty: 214
Number of honorary lifeguards and members from the AMS: 33

(as at 10pm at swimming pools)
Number of lifeguards required: 463
Number of LCSD lifeguards who reported duty: 203
Number of honorary lifeguards and members from the AMS: 138

The department recorded a total of 29,650 attendance for the swimming pools today whereas that for last Monday (July 25) was 72,256. The number of estimated attendance at the beaches was
21,978 today whereas that for last Monday (July 25) was 30,504.


Ends/Monday, August 1, 2005
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