The security regions of Haaglanden and Hollands Midden sent out an NL-Alert on Sunday around 4.30 pm because dangerous currents were observed along the coast in the North Sea. At least three swimmers were killed.

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 was also taken out of the water at Wijk aan Zee, the NOS reports. Nothing is yet known about his identity.

Forbidden to 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). That means it is forbidden to swim. Beach guests are allowed to enter the sea, but no more than knee height.

Dozens of people have already been rescued from the sea, the Rescue Brigade told the broadcaster. It is a very treacherous situation at sea due to a combination of the twisted wind and the current.

NL Alert for beach area Hoek van Holland to Zandvoort. Red #strand flag (https://t.co/u78EEDYprU) hoisted by #rescue brigades. Dangerous #currents! Strongly discouraged going into #sea! Listen to #lifeguards and other #resident services! https://t.co/sG4FNQxM3b

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Lifeguards no longer had an overview

"It is so incredibly busy on many beaches that the lifeguards can no longer oversee it, a spokesman for the Rescue Brigade told NU.nl." Thanks to the heat, people get into the water faster 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."

The red flag flew on all South Holland sea beaches: swimming in the sea forbidden (photo: Regio15)

No red flags for beaches in North Holland

The rescue services had to take action more than three 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 are different in terms of location and soil conditions.

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