Paphos lifeguards remain concerned about swimmer safety in spite of authorities’ reassurances beaches will be properly protected in good time.
Responding to concerns by the press spokesman of the ‘Kinyras’ Lifeguards Association Constantinos Palios, Paphos District Officer Yiannakis Mallourides said 39 lifeguards would be appointed this year.
This number, he said would be adequate for the town’s beaches for the busy summer season.
Palios had revealed only three swimming area in Paphos—the beaches at where the SODAP was located and the lighthouse as well as the Bania sea pool—had been manned by lifeguards since April 1.
He said other districts had already put lifeguards in place and noted lifeguards had saved two people from drowning at Paphos beaches by this time last year.
Mallourides reassured additional lifeguards would be put in place in time to cater for swimmers.
But he acknowledged this would be after April 15 at beaches controlled by Yeroskipou, Peyia and Polis Chrysochous municipalities, and for some communities, including Timi, it would be after June 1.
He said the three beaches under Paphos Municipality’s jurisdiction had been posted with lifeguards following a request from swimmers.
The association earlier this month also sent a letter to the authorities noting swimmers had begun using the beaches in March and accused municipalities of endangering peoples’ lives by delaying the appointment of lifeguards in order to save money. The delay also flew in the face of efforts to lengthen Cyprus’ tourism season, the association said.