High wave alert: People warned against venturing into beaches tonight in Kerala

View from the Kulimuttom beach. Representative image: Photo: Manorama/file

The ESSO-Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services has issued alert on the possibility of high waves in coastal areas of Kerala, Lakshadweep, Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

The centre has warned people, especially those for recreational purposes, from venturing into beaches during swell waves as the high waves and the backwash waves are powerful enough to sweep them into dangerous depths.

While the centre has forecasted till 11.20 pm tonight high waves measuring 0.5 to 3.1 metres along the coast from Vizhinjam to Kasaragod, the coast of Southern Tamil Nadu from Kolachal to Kilakarai has been alerted of waves raging in height from 0.5 to 3.3 metres. In Lakshadweep, coastal areas from Minicoy to Bitra is expected face high waves ranging from 0.5 to 3.1 metres.

The coastal areas in Andaman Island from Ten Degree Channel to Coco channel and in Nicobar Islands from Ten Degree Channel to Great Channel are expected to witness waves ranging from 0.5 to 3.2 metres in height.

Alert system have been beefed up across the land after the recent incident on the Kanyakumari beach where a swell wave claimed lives of five young medicos. The group of eight youngsters were pulled in by the wave when they were playing in water and the fishermen who rushed to their rescue noticing the commotion could save only save three of them. 

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