Do you go open water swimming?

With the dangers associated with open water swimming, residents must pay heed

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In July, a man drowned in Dubai when he had a heart attack trying to save his son on Al Mamzar beach, according to the report, ‘Widow recalls Dubai beach tragedy’, published in the Nation section of Gulf News on September 18. George Joseph was a good swimmer, but his children were not able to help him.

Gulf News asked readers online: Do you go open water swimming? Half of the poll respondents said they don’t. Four out of 10 said they do, while one out of 10 said only if there is a lifeguard present.

Swimming in open water can be dangerous for even the most experienced swimmers. Three men at a beach in Ajman were rescued from drowning in late May. Earlier this year in April, five people were rescued on the beach near the Burj Al Arab. Each time, the authorities put out warnings of using the beach during strong currents.

Do you follow the weather warning before going for a swim? Share your views with us on readers@gulfnews.com.

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