File photo: Egyptians crowd a public beach during a hot day in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria, Egypt, Sept. 5, 2014. - REUTERS
Alexandria’s Central Department for tourism and beaches ordered a swimming ban in the governorate’s Agami beaches following repeated drowning incidents and the warnings of the Egyptian Meteorological Authority “ETA” of high waves and strong wind in the North coasts.
The ban order came after at least 7 people drowned in the Mediterranean Sea due to the strong waves and wind in the past 48 hours in Agami beaches, West of Alexandria
The authorities also ordered the beaches on the Western side of Alexandria to raise the red flag to warn the swimmers till further notice following the drowning incidents.
The beaches on the Eastern side of Alexandria to raise the yellow flag to raise the attention of the swimmers to be careful while swimming in the Sea.
Agami beaches especially the infamous Palm Beach earned a deadly reputation following several drowning incidents especially a mass drowning incident in 2020. Despite the attempts to close down the beach, it still attracts swimmers and visitors who ignore its rocky jetty and fast-moving waters.