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Disregard for rules jeopardizing safe tourism in Cox’s Bazar

  • Published at 09:49 pm December 30th, 2019
Cox’s Bazar
Such joyful pastimes in Cox’s Bazar sea beach sometimes lead to tragic deaths when the visitors get into the risky areas, violating safety rules Dhaka Tribune

According to the Cox’s Bazar tourist police, at least nine tourists died while 20 were rescued in the current year

Sometimes, pleasure time turns into tragedy as tourists often violate warnings and take a bath in dangerous spots and at prohibited times in the world’s longest coastal beach, Cox’s Bazar.

On December 25, a schoolboy named Delwar Hossain, 14 went missing while taking a bath in the sea. Next day, tourist police recovered the dead body of Delwar.

According to the Cox’s Bazar tourist police, at least nine tourists died while 20 were rescued in the current year, taking the death toll to 150 in the last ten years.

Superintendent Md Zillur Rahman of Cox’s Bazar tourist police said: “ We have set several warnings for the tourists in the Cox’s Bazar. We are publicizing  them through different mediums including hand-mic to create awareness among the tourists. However, tourists flout the directives find themselves in trouble.”

On-duty Sub Inspector Mizan of Cox's Bazar Tourist Police said:  "Bathing in Kolatoli, Sugandha, and Seagull points except Laboni  point is strictly prohibited. We have put up red flags in the risky points. However, tourists are not abiding by the warnings."

Executive Magistrate of Cox’s Bazar District Administration (parjatan cell) Musa Naser Chowdhury said: “We are campaigning to create awareness among the tourists.”