The accident raised fears about water safety as people seek relief from the heat despite pandemic-related restrictions

AP –

Cairo.- Eleven people drowned on the north coast of EgyptLocal authorities reported on Friday on a beach known for its rocky boardwalk and rough waters.

The tragedy unfolded on a beach in the city of Alexandria, on the Mediterranean coast, when a boy ran into the sea and began experiencing difficulties, the city’s central tourism administration said.

When a man in the group jumped into the water to rescue him, he was also trapped in the water. Nine other people came in to help and all died, Lt. Gen. Jamal Rashad said. It was not immediately clear if the deceased were related.

Rescuers recovered six bodies on Friday and were still searching for the rest.

The waters on the Alexandria coast are popular during the summer, but the beaches are currently closed and lifeguards are out of order due to the pandemic of coronavirus. The group went to shore at dawn to avoid capture by police, who are trying to disperse those gathered and apply mobility restrictions on the area’s beaches, authorities said.

Palm Beach has long been known for its dangerous waters, local press reported. Every year there are drowning due to its strong currents, foamy waters and rocky shoreline. Members of parliament have repeatedly demanded that the beach be closed to the public.

Because the temperatures in Egypt exceed 37 degrees Celsius (100 Fahrenheit), the accident raised fears about water safety as people seek relief from heat despite water-related restrictions pandemic.