Policemen warn tourists on Primorye beaches against swimming

MOSCOW, August 19 (Itar-Tass) —— Policemen are taking preventive measures on beaches in Primorye after the shark attacks on people, the Russian Interior Ministry’s press centre told Itar-Tass on Friday.

Right after a duty officer of the Interior Ministry’s Primorsky regional department received the information about the first attack of a shark on a man in the evening of August 17, policemen immediately informed all the appropriate services about it, the press centre said.

Mobile groups of policemen practically immediately began to warn tourists, managers of resort centers and beach leaseholders about the danger.

Police warn against swimming at the Primorye shore in connection with the shark attacks.

In the situation, police take tough measures, including “at sale places where alcohol is sold in resort areas”, the press service said.

On August 17, a shark attacked a swimmer in the Telyakovsky small bay in the south of the Khasan district. The 25-year-old man lost both hands and received severe body injures. He was operated on, and now there is no threat to his life.

On August 18, there was another shark attack north of the site, near Zheltukhina Island. A 16-year-old youth received severe leg injuries. He was taken to a hospital in Vladivostok. There is no threat to his life either.

Experts suppose the people were attacked by white sharks. It is unclear so far how many sharks were near the coast.

The Emergencies Ministry (EMERCOM) on August 18 declared all the waters near the Primorye coast dangerous for swimming.

More than 60 EMERCOM rescuers together with police this Friday patrol Primorye beaches after the shark attacks.

Rescuers watch the sea from boats in the most dangerous areas, though no new attacks have been reported. Rescuers also give detailed written instructions to tourists how to behave in case of a shark attack.

The sharks that attacked people must be caught. Under consideration now is how to do it, the regional commission on emergencies said on Friday.

Residents in the Primorye Territory on Friday began to raise money to pay for prosthetic devices for the first injured man, Denis Udovichenko, a programmer from Vladivostok.


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