After tourist drowns, resorts told to put up more warning signs

A relative being consoled by firemen after the body of a drowning victim was brought ashore. South Korean tourist Kyeong Young-an, 18, was reported missing on Friday.

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Deputy Chief Minister Christina Liew today reminded resort owners along the Dalit Beach near here to put up more signs to warn their guests of rip currents.

This follows a drowning incident involving an 18-year old South Korean tourist last Friday.

The Dalit Beach, from Sepanggar to Tuaran near here, houses two five-star establishments as well as other resorts.

There have been several drowning cases at the stretch in previous years, believed to also have been caused by rip currents.

Liew, who is also state tourism, culture and environment minister, said although many resorts have warning notices in place, it would be good to ensure visitors using the beaches are aware of the danger.

“I believe resort and hotel owners along this stretch are knowledgeable and aware of the possible rip current risks at their beachfront and would also have standard operating procedures in place.”

She suggested that warnings in other languages be also displayed.

A rip current forms because wind and breaking waves push surface water towards the land, causing a slight rise in the water level along the shore. This excess water then flows back to the open water.

The remains of Kyeong Young-an were found about 6.30am today after the Korean was first reported missing from Borneo Beach Villa in Karambunai, Sepanggar, here at about 3.30pm on Friday.

A Fire and Rescue spokesman said his body was found by a fisherman in waters off Kampung Gayang, about 4km from the location where he was last seen, after a two-day search and rescue operation.