Two swimmers drowned on the Belgian coast: “To go into the sea today when there is no lifeguard is to sign your death warrant”

This is tragic news that we learned yesterday. Two swimmers died on Saturday afternoon at the Coast, between Blankenberge and Zeebrugge. They were in an unsupervised area. Both were revived, but unfortunately it was already too late.

The victims are two men of Polish nationality, one in his thirties, the other in his forties. They had settled with a group of friends in the dunes between Blankenberge and Zeebrugge.

Tom Cocle, a professional rescuer, explained in the columns of HLN that this accident was foreseeable. “We knew there would be problems. Fantastic weather, lots of people, but also perilous seas. For days we’ve been warning everyone to only swim where it’s safe. And then this. It’s tragic, ”reacts the rescuer.

Tom Cocle reminds us that the sea is not a swimming pool: “To go into the sea today when there is no lifeguard is to sign your death warrant”. “There was a strong northeast wind, the sea was rough and there was a very strong undertow. On the section between Blankenberge and Zeebrugge there were also very deep caves. Within a few meters you can suddenly sink completely,” he adds.

And this tragic accident would not have happened if the guidelines had been followed. “We keep hitting on the same nail: please only swim where there are lifeguards. It can be a matter of life or death. It is not because the weather is nice that you have to dive into the sea at random”, recalls Tom Cocle. “I really hope we never have to experience such things again, but people still underestimate the North Sea,” he concludes.

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