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Lifeguards out in protest on Friday

LIFEGUARDS will hold a protest on Friday, demanding extension of their working hours to prevent more lives from being lost at sea.

The vice chairman of the lifeguard federation said several deaths were recorded in June alone, and they all happened when lifeguards were not working.

Tasos Nicolaou said it was unacceptable for them to work between 10am and 5pm when a lot of people opted to go for a swim early in the morning or later in the afternoon.

“If measures are not put in place we’ll have more deaths by the end of the season,” he said.

Lifeguards want their working hours to be extended by seven hours – 6am to 8pm – at least for the three summer months.

Nicolaou said, this was also recommended by the search and rescue coordinating centre.

He added that it was an enduring problem which got worse during the summer when there was an increase of tourists on the island.

The protest will be held at 8am on the Olympion coast in Limassol. It is supported by the town’s lifeguard unit, winter swimmers, and other groups.

The lifeguards urged the public to support their protest by taking part.

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