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Tourists in Riau Islands Warned of Potential High Waves during … – Tempo.co English

TEMPO.CO, Batam The Tanjungpinang Regional Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) calls on tourists to be careful when spending Christmas and New Year holidays at the beaches of Riau Islands following the warning issued by the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) on the potential for high waves reaching two meters at the end of the year.
“People visiting beaches are suggested to pay attention to safety,” said Tanjungpinang Basarnas Head Slamet Riyadi on Thursday, December 22, 2022.
Slamet said the warning is mainly conveyed to parents who take their children on a trip to the Riau Islands, where 90 percent of its total area is the sea. “We cannot monitor [children] one by one,” he added.
He also asked tourist destination managers to maintain the safety of visitors by providing safety equipment, such as life vests, life jackets, and lifeguards. “Including posting safety signs, for example, the boundary of the sea area safe for tourists to swim.”
Basarnas has made several preparations to secure the year-end holidays. Other than deploying 113 personnel, the agency readies a 24-hour emergency call 115.
“Personnel has been dispatched to supervise several tourist sites and ports and airports gates in Riau Islands,” said Slamet.
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