Children's safety always priority with lifeguards
I refer to the letter headlined 'Uncaring lifeguards' (South China Morning Post, September 29) from James Francis about children swimming at beaches. Safety of swimmers at beaches managed by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department is always our prime concern. It is the duty of our lifeguards to keep an eye on swimmers, children in particular, to ensure their safety.
We share Mr Francis' concern about small children swimming at beaches. However, there is no regulation to restrict children from entering the water at beaches. Therefore, although most parents and guardians will assume the responsibility of supervising their children in the water, our lifeguards will also be on full alert and pay special attention to children during the service hours of a beach.
On top of this, notices have been erected and messages will be broadcast through public-announcement systems at beaches to draw swimmers' attention to water safety.
We would like to take this opportunity to appeal to the general public, parents and guardians in particular, to take special care of their children while enjoying the fun of swimming at beaches.
for the Director of Leisure and
Cultural Services Department