Europe 1 with AFP 4:33 p.m., May 18, 2022

The "particularly dangerous bathing conditions" have caused a series of drownings on the Gironde coast in recent days, explained the prefecture of Gironde which advised against bathing on the beaches of the department on Wednesday.

Since Sunday, three people have drowned, including two on Tuesday.

The prefecture of Gironde on Wednesday advised against swimming on the beaches of the department, where the "particularly dangerous bathing conditions" have caused a series of drownings on the Gironde coast in recent days.

Since Sunday on the beaches of the department, three people have died by drowning, including two on Tuesday, and one person is "still missing", said the prefecture in a press release entitled "bathing not recommended on the Gironde coast".

"The bathing conditions are particularly dangerous at the moment given the concordance of various phenomena: swell and waves on board, strong currents and formation of baïnes, high air and water temperatures for the season", a added the prefecture, asking to "redouble caution and avoid bathing."

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In this context, the State services hired a civil security helicopter and a team of divers-firefighters on Wednesday in Lacanau, in addition to surveillance "on weekends, for the Ascension bridge and Pentecost weekend" on this very busy beach.

According to an interactive map distributed by the authorities, at this time of year and with some exceptions, no beach on the Gironde coast is supervised during the week, only the beaches of Lacanau, Carcans and Vendays-Montalivet are supervised during the weekend. end.

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