Lifeguards leaving local beaches for the winter

Lifeguards will finish up duty on local beaches from tomorrow for the cooler months, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government has announced.

The Leisure and Cultural Services Department runs the lifeguard services on 38 gazetted beaches.

Lifeguard services will be suspended from November 1 until March 31, 2016 at Cheung Chau Tung Wan Beach, Silver Mine Bay Beach, Pui O Beach, Upper Cheung Sha Beach, Lower Cheung Sha Beach and Tong Fuk Beach in Islands District.

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Lifeguards will remain on duty at Repulse Bay Beach, Middle Bay Beach, Stanley Main Beach and Big Wave Bay Beach during November and then again in March 2016.

Lifeguard services are suspended altogether from December 1, 2015, to February 29, 2016.

Lifeguard services will be available at Deep Water Bay Beach, Clear Water Bay Second Beach, Silverstrand Beach and Golden Beach from November 1, 2015, to March 31, 2016 between 8am to 5pm daily.

Lifeguard services at the remaining 30 LCSD beaches will be suspended from November 1, 2015, to March 31, 2016.

These beaches are South Bay Beach, Chung Hom Kok Beach, St Stephen's Beach, Shek O Beach and Turtle Cove Beach in Southern District; Trio Beach, Kiu Tsui Beach, Hap Mun Bay Beach and Clear Water Bay First Beach in Sai Kung District; Hung Shing Yeh Beach, Lo So Shing Beach, Kwun Yam Beach, Cheung Chau Tung Wan Beach, Silver Mine Bay Beach, Pui O Beach, Upper Cheung Sha Beach, Lower Cheung Sha Beach and Tong Fuk Beach in Islands District; Butterfly Beach, Castle Peak Beach, Kadoorie Beach, Cafeteria Old Beach and Cafeteria New Beach in Tuen Mun District; and Hoi Mei Wan Beach, Casam Beach, Lido Beach, Approach Beach, Anglers' Beach, Ting Kau Beach and Ma Wan Tung Wan Beach in Tsuen Wan District.

The LCSD calls on the public to observe water safety while swimming. People should swim at the beaches only when lifeguard services are available. Please do not enter the water when the red flag is hoisted.

Photograph: Wikimedia Images

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