Red flag warning at Nopparat Tara beach in Krabi

Nopparat Thara-Phi Phi Island National Park rangers of Krabi province have flown red flags along the 3-kilimetre Nopparat Thara beach warning tourists not to go into the sea for their safety as heavy weather is still on.

Warning by the park rangers came after tourists still ignore the flag warning system and go into the sea swimming and tourist boat operators still sailing into the sea.

National park chief Woraphit Lomlim said he has ordered park rangers at all tourist spots to advise tourists to swim only in fixed areas for their safety. They are advised to wear their life guards if they go into the sea.

But in case of heavy weather, he ordered officials to prohibit tourists swimming in the sea.

He said the Southwest Meteorological Centre has warned of wave height of 2-3 metres in the sea until August 12 as the southwesterly monsoon remains strong.

Small boats were advised to sail into the sea with caution.

A 50-year-old pine tree was uprooted by strong wind and now park officials are removing it from the beach, he said.