Viet Nam News
QUẢNG NINH — Unlicensed beaches operating in Hạ Long City in Quảng Ninh Province during summer have made local authorities worried, reported the online newspaper vov.vn.
Along the coastal road of Trần Quốc Nghiễn, dozens of unlicensed beaches have been attracting hundreds of local people in the hot summer days.
These beaches do not have any safety buoys or rescue teams.
According to the newspaper, the lack of standard public beaches in the area is driving people to ignore the risks of swimming on these unlicensed beaches.
Currently, Hạ Long City has five licensed beaches in Bãi Cháy area and on islands in Hạ Long Bay.
Nguyễn Đức Uông, a resident of Bạch Đằng Ward, said: “Since there is not enough public beaches, we had to find beaches ourselves. It is stupid if we are living next to the sea and are unable to swim.”
Lê Văn Hùng, a representative of Bạch Đằng Ward, said unlicensed beaches have been attracting people since last summer.
“The local authority had supervised and warned people not to swim on these beaches, but they ignored,” he said.
“Swimming in the sea is in high demand, so we want the local government to plan more public beaches to ensure safety of the people,” he added.
In 2016, authorities in Hạ Long City proposed Quảng Ninh Province to set up two public beaches in Hòn Gai.
But the proposal is still on paper, Hùng said.
A few years ago, some cases of drowning were reported on unlicensed beaches. — VNS