Police warn of dangerous swimming conditions at Mediterranean beaches
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Police warn of dangerous swimming conditions at Mediterranean beaches

Advisory comes after spate of drownings; beachgoers urged to wear lifejackets, stay away from unsupervised areas

A sign warns potential swimmers of dangerous conditions at an unauthorized beach in Tel Aviv (photo credit: Gili Yaari/Flash90)
A sign warns potential swimmers of dangerous conditions at an unauthorized beach in Tel Aviv (photo credit: Gili Yaari/Flash90)

Swimmers and beachgoers on Saturday were warned that rough waters and rip currents are creating dangerous swimming conditions in the Mediterranean Sea over the weekend.

Police said they issued the warning in light of the recent string of drownings at beaches across Israel.

Citing choppy waters, high waves and rip currents, police advised beachgoers to enter the water with life preservers or other flotation devices.

“The sea is rough and dangerous and we urge the public to only swim at beaches that are supervised by a lifeguard,” the police said in a statement.

The police warning came after a number of drownings over the past week, including singer Amir Fryszer Guttman, who died a day after his near-lifeless body was pulled from choppy water as he saved his niece from drowning off the Neve Yam beach in Atlit.

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