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Rogue Kenting swimmers to face fines: park officials

READ THE SIGNS:Kenting National Park officials have decided to fine swimmers who ignore their warnings and enter the water during adverse weather conditions

Staff writer, with CNA

In view of repeated incidents involving swimmers who ignored warning signs erected in the Kenting National Park of adverse sea conditions, park authorities said they have decided to slap fines of NT$3,000 on violators, effective yesterday.

Kenting’s South Bay (南灣) is a popular spot among swimmers, but three people drowned there last year because they ignored red warning flags, park officials said.

Kenting National Park Headquarters wrote “swimming prohibited” on its warning flags, but several students from Feng Chia University in Greater Taichung also ignored these warnings, resulting in the death of two.

“Now anyone who ignores the warning signs and goes swimming will be fined NT$3,000 for violation of the National Park Act (國家公園法),” the park headquarters said.

It said that if the waves are 1m high, it will set warning red flags to ban swimming, adding that if the waves are 1.5m high, it will ban diving.

Jetskis and other water activities will be prohibited if the waves are 2m high, the agency said.

In case of typhoons, the beach area will be cordoned off altogether, the park authorities added.

They said that in the past, they could only disperse violators and said that the fines might provide more of a deterrent.

On the first day of the new rule yesterday, it was a beautiful, sunny day in Kenting and there were many swimmers, but no warning signs on the beach.

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