Ministry strengthens water safety measures amid rise in shark sightings

A dead shark that was caught in waters off Samcheok, Gangwon Province, July 6, 2023. Yonhap

Korea has seen an increase in shark sightings in the coastal waters of the East Sea, according to the Ministry of Interior and Safety, Thursday. In response, the government is set to strengthen safety measures to protect beachgoers in the summer holiday season from potential encounters.

Korea saw 29 reports of giant sharks in the East Sea along the coast from Goseong, Gangwon Province to Pohang, North Gyeongsang Province last year, according to the ministry. The figure is significantly higher than one single case from the previous year.

About half, or 14 out of the 29 reported cases, were caught. There were seven bonito sharks, one great white shark and one blue shark, all known for their aggressive behavior toward humans. Five were mackerel sharks, which are not dangerous to humans.

In response, the ministry seeks to set up large nets in an attempt to keep sharks away from beaches.

Notably, the ministry has designated the period from June 1 to Aug. 31 for its summertime water safety campaign, aiming to implement comprehensive 카지노 countermeasures to safeguard vacationers across 24,000 places requiring enhanced safety measures. These locations include 284 beaches and 1,083 streams and valleys.

The maritime police and local authorities will strengthen offshore patrols in anticipation of a surge in beachgoers during the summer holiday season.

The ministry plans to cooperate with local municipalities and safety organizations to operate more free life vest rental booths and set up CCTVs and drones in dangerous areas.

Also, the government has urged beachgoers to take extra precautions and announced a plan to receive reports of dangerous water conditions via the internet.

“The government will do its utmost to prevent water-related accidents to ensure that everyone can have fun in the water safely during the summer holidays,” Safety Minister Lee Sang-min said.

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