Palma.—Balearic 112 Emergency Services issued a public warning yesterday for people to be careful and take precautions whilst bathing in the sea or using swimming pools.

The call came after the rescue services logged 16 incidents last month, 11 off the Islands' beaches and 5 in swimming pools in which 3 people died.
The Emergency Services, which report to the Balearic government said that the accident figures are almost the same as for June last year when three people also died.

The regional government's Interior ministry insisted yesterday on the need for people to “take care and extra precautions” in order to avoid tragedies whilst bathing. On the Emergency Services website (http://112ib.caib.es), there is full information on protective measures that are already in place for bathers. Entering the sea is absolutely forbidden when the red flag is flying, a yellow flag signals the need for caution, and the green means that there are no problems for people in the water. An orange flag indicates that there is no lifeguard on the beach.

If people want to go scuba diving, the Emergency Services ask that a form - also available on the website - is completed, specifying the place and time of the activity.

The information also urges people not to go into the water immediately after eating and not to dive headfirst into the water. The same site recommends not swimming where boats are constantly coming and going and that vessels respect the areas of the coastal waters which are cordoned off as bathing areas.

Common sense is also urged with regard to protection from the sun - hats, dark glasses, creams, etc.

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