At least four people died along the Dutch beaches on Sunday. People also enter the sea in the evening, the Rescue Brigade reports. Very against their advice because of the strong current and offshore east wind.
The first person, according to the NOS, is a young person, was taken out of the water at Zuiderstrand in The Hague around 1 p.m. and resuscitated. He was taken to hospital, but help there was of no avail.
Around 4.30 pm, a 24-year-old man without a permanent place of residence or residence was removed from the sea at Strand Zuid in The Hague, the police reported. He died on the way to hospital.
A swimmer has also been taken out of the water at Wijk aan Zee, says the Rescue Brigade. Nothing is yet known about his identity.
In Zandvoort a person was removed from the water around 7.30 pm who had drifted. Resuscitation by the Rescue Brigade was of no avail.
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Do not swim, maximum knee height in the water
The red flag has been raised along the entire coast of South Holland (Noordwijk, Katwijk aan Zee, Scheveningen and Hoek van Holland). This means that it is strictly not recommended to swim. Beach guests are allowed to enter the sea, but then no more than knee height. An NL-Alert alerted people along the coast at the end of the afternoon to a very treacherous situation in the sea due to a combination of the twisted wind and the current.
Quickly following this measure, the Safety Regions in Noord-Holland also raised the red flag in the coastal strip between Zandvoort and Callantsoog.
At around 9.30 pm, the Rescue Brigade was able to report an 'intermediate score' of 167 people who had to be rescued from the sea on Sunday, a number that will certainly increase because many beaches are still crowded and people are going into the sea despite the red flag. This is particularly dangerous at Wijk aan Zee and The Hague because the mui current is strongest there.
"Many a brigade is still fully occupied", a spokesman for the Rescue Brigade told NU.nl. "Around half past eight there were six more rescues in Katwijk."
The Hague rescue brigade rescues dozens of people from the sea
Lifeguards no longer had an overview
"Many beaches are so incredibly busy that it is impossible to oversee the lifeguards," said the spokesman for the Rescue Brigade in the afternoon. "People get into the water faster thanks to the heat and then sit on top of each other in the sea. The lifeguards can no longer make the distinction."
"In recent days, the warning for treacherous mice has proved to be successful, but it is now so hot that most people have forgotten about it."
"Because of the crowds, lifeguards had trouble getting through the people. And rescuers were unable to enter the beach because of the large number of bicycles and scooters at the beach entrances."
No red flags for beaches in North Holland
The rescue services had to take action more than four hundred times on Sunday. This concerns missing children, minor injuries or people who have become unwell due to the heat. But significantly more people were also rescued from the sea on Sunday than previous days. However, the Rescue Brigade could not yet provide exact figures.
No NL-Alert has been sent for the beaches of Noord-Holland, Zandvoort and the north thereof. There are no red flags there either, because the conditions there are different in terms of location and soil conditions.
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