One way to relieve stress is to go to the beach. Playing with the waves, swimming or surfing are fun activities. Not to mention if the coastal tourist area is equipped with a variety of entertaining services. However, don’t let your guard down on the beach. There are some things that are actually dangerous when on vacation to the beach.
Quoted from the Kompas page, while on the beach you should be aware of the following things:
1. Back current (rip current). This is the movement of water that goes back to the sea after the arrival of the waves from the sea to the land. If you are not careful or the horse’s legs are not strong, this backflow of water can drag people into the sea. For swimmers should be careful. If you get caught in a back current, swim in the direction of the back current and then swim parallel to the shoreline until you meet the end of the current. If you go against the current, you are likely to be dragged further to the middle because your body is tired.
2. Dig a hole in the beach sand too deep. There have been many tragedies of deaths and injuries due to this hole in the sand as a result of the collapse. A 26-year-old man died because his sand tunnel collapsed and he was trapped in it. Or, there is a 12 year old child who died as a result of him going into a sand tunnel. It is recommended not to dig a hole higher than the knee. If there are a lot of holes on the beach, it’s a good idea to be kind enough to close them.
3. Sunburn. The sun on the beach feels very hot. If it burns the skin then the signs are heat cramps, fatigue, to stroke. If you have a serious burn, you should immediately go to a local hospital or health institution for help.
4. The attack of E. Coli bacteria. This occurs due to sea water contaminated with pathogenic bacteria. E. coli causes symptoms of vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, to fever. Try not to drink sea water and wash your hands after playing in the water. Sometimes, there is also Vibrio vulnificus bacteria found in the sea. This bacterium likes to eat meat and was last discovered in Florida, United States, this year. The death toll reached 9 people.
5. Jellyfish. Jellyfish attacks often occur on the beach. The number of dangerous jellyfish is about 70 species of the 2,000 species that exist. Certain jellyfish have tentacles that are poisonous, such as the box jellyfish. Most jellyfish attacks trigger pain, itching, to a red rash that lasts several days. Wearing flip-flops or other footwear is a great way to prevent jellyfish poisoning on the beach.