Red flags at Puerto Vallarta beaches.

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Red flags are being displayed at Puerto Vallarta beaches due to return currents, which are fast and directed out to sea, to prevent accidents from El Holi to Playa de Los Muertos.

This means that visitors are not allowed to enter the sea to avoid risk situations in which they could be swept away by ocean currents.

Remember that in recent months, there have been rescues, deaths, and disappearances of tourists in the ocean in the municipality of Puerto Vallarta. On Sunday, January 28, a 29-year-old man from Puebla entered the sea with another person, and both were swept away by the currents.

One of the men was able to get out of the sea and asked for support from the Jalisco State Civil Protection and Firefighters Unit for his search, who implemented an operation with the help of jet skis, small boats, and rescue divers. Walks along the beach were also conducted to see if the sea would throw the body ashore.

Unofficially, it was indicated on that occasion that the person was dragged by an internal current while enjoying a swim in the sea. Subsequently, the authorities did not report whether the person was found.

What is the meaning of the flags on the beach?

Green: safe conditions for aquatic activities

Yellow: enter with caution and follow the indications of the authorities

Red: prohibits entering the sea, unfavorable conditions for aquatic activities

Purple: it is forbidden to enter the sea, due to the presence of dangerous marine fauna

Black: beach closed due to poor general condition, both of the sea and the sand, serious health risks

What is a rip current?

Rip currents are a flow of water that runs quickly and perpendicularly from the coast out to sea. They are one of the main risks for beach users who can be slowly dragged out to deep waters.

Source: Milenio