A 48-year-old woman from Lithuania drowned yesterday morning at Venus Beach in Paphos, despite red flags and signs warning visitors not to enter the water.
The woman and her 49-year-old husband who arrived on the island on May 28 for a short holiday went swimming early in the morning but found themselves in rough waters and called for help.
Other tourists and people from the area rushed to their assistance and the couple was dragged from the water and taken to Paphos General Hospital by ambulance around 8am.
The 48-year-old woman was retrieved from the water unconscious and pronounced dead by doctors on arrival. Her husband is in a serious condition but out of danger, doctors said.
The incident has sparked fresh concerns about safety at a beach that has seen several incidents over the past years because of the strong currents.
Chairman of Paphos municipality beach committee Andreas Chrysanthou said the beach was not suitable for swimmers and is considered extremely dangerous due to strong underwater currents. Red flags and warning signs in five languages are permanently posted to deter swimmers.
Paphos mayor Savvas Vergas blasted authorities saying the municipality has long been pressing for wave breakers to be built there.
Paphos police spokesman Nicos Tsapis called on authorities to look into taking new measures to avert similar incidents in the future.
He expressed his sorrow at the tragic incident and noted that others have drowned at the same beach in the past.
It is noted that there was no lifeguard on duty as the site is not classified as a beach for swimmers.