August 17, 18, 19 - Deadliest Sea Swimming Days in BulgariaEnvironment | August 16, 2011, Tuesday // 14:07| views
Problems with beach lifeguarding are seen as the most serious for summer season 2011 in Bulgaria. File photo.
August 17th, 18th and 19th are the days which traditionally hold the record in the number of drownings at the Bulgarian Black Sea coast.
The information was published by the Bulgarian Telegraph daily, citing their own data.
Maritime experts explain the black statistics with the fact that after August 15th the typical coastal winds increase in strength and cause undercurrents, which are the most frequent reason for sea swimming incidents in the country.
In 2004, on August 18th, four people drowned at a beach in the southern Black Sea city of Burgas while on August 17th, in 2009, there were another four drowning deaths and scores of rescues.
The Bulgarian Minister of Regional Development and Public Works, Rosen Plevneliev, recently pointed out that problems with beach lifeguarding are the most serious for summer season 2011.
Lifeguards, on their part, often complain from undisciplined beachgoers, who refuse to obey their directions.