A 26-year-old Chinese girl suspected of snorkeling her missing father in Indonesia: she is not skilled in swimming

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 A 26-year-old Chinese girl suspected of snorkeling her missing father in Indonesia: she is not skilled in swimming


Snorkeling is a popular tourism project for tourists to Southeast Asia. In recent years, casualties caused by snorkeling have been frequently reported in newspapers. According to Thai Ministry of Tourism and Sports, 73 Chinese tourists drowned in Thailand in the first half of 2017 alone. In February 2018, the insurance center of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs sorted out nearly 700 cases of accidental deaths of Chinese citizens abroad in 2017, and found that more than one third of them were accidental deaths due to tourism activities. Most of them were accidental deaths from water activities, mainly from swimming or snorkeling and drowning. How terrible is snorkeling? How can tourists avoid risks when they are addicted to the beautiful world of the seabed?

The whereabouts of female students who lost their connection after diving are still unknown.

On the evening of December 15, Mr. Zhang in Shanghai told reporters that his daughter, Zhang Qiujuan, who was studying in graduate school, had lost her connection in Indonesia. According to Zhang Qiujuans classmates, the last circle of friends released by Zhang Qiujuan on December 7 is located in Bali, Indonesia.

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Reporters learned from the Liaison Office of the Chinese Consulate in Bali, Indonesia, on December 16 that Zhang Qiujuan and his Moroccan friends jointly signed up for the snorkeling project on Longmu Island on December 9, but only the Moroccan friend returned that day, he said, Zhang Qiujuan did not return after snorkeling. Since then, the travel agency searched continuously for three days without finding Zhang Qiujuans whereabouts. It reported the case to the Indonesian police and informed the Chinese Consulate in Bali.

In addition, Zhang Qiujuans father told reporters that he had contacted the Chinese Embassy in Indonesia on the 15th and was currently in the process of urgent passport processing and wanted to go to Indonesia as soon as possible. Zhang Qiujuans father said that as long as she lost her connection, there was always hope for her return, which was better than bad news. He hoped that she would survive.

According to Zhang Qiujuans classmates, Zhang Qiujuan can swim, but it is not clear how water is. His father said that her daughter learned swimming in college and should not be skilled.

At present, there has been no significant progress in the incident.

Snorkeling has become a hot tourist project in Southeast Asia, which is lack of safety awareness and management, causing hidden dangers.

In recent years, Chinese tourists in Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia and other Southeast Asian countries have suffered many casualties due to their participation in snorkeling games. Liu Simin, an expert on tourism, analyzed several reasons: Southeast Asia has always been a popular destination for Chinese citizensoutbound tourism, because it is in this tropical region and the quality of sea water is better. Therefore, special marine tourism projects, including snorkeling, are suitable all year round. Chinese tourists are more willing to participate in these projects, and the base number is certainly higher than in other countries. On the other hand, our experience in this field is relatively small. We may feel that the technical content of that thing is not very high. Anyone can try it, and then the safety awareness is not in place. The third reason is that the local management level and attention level are not enough, and the management safety awareness is lax.

Professionals: Snorkeling also requires training and guidance. Be cautious

So, what should we pay attention to when participating in snorkeling? The reporter contacted coach Yang Guang, the holder of the Chinese mens static air-tight record for free diving. He first told reporters that people in swimming pools and in the sea are completely two concepts. Ocean diving needs professional training, snorkeling also needs certain training guidance.

Yang Guang: Deep contact with the ocean is totally different from swimming in a swimming pool. Open water activities are roughly divided into three types: one is that our people participate more in what is called snorkeling, on the surface of the water, with mirrors and breathing tubes, and life jackets. The most important thing is to have life jackets, that is, to observe marine life in the sea with mirrors. The other two ways are to dive into the ocean. One is called scuba diving, the other is called free diving. Maybe many people dont know that there are courses in snorkeling. The use of face lenses and breathing tubes is totally different from that of swimming glasses. Even in particularly calm waters, if you dont use a breathing tube, its very likely that you will continue to breathe sea water into your lungs in a panic and tense situation, which is very dangerous.

Yang Guang suggested that when you participate in such ocean games as snorkeling, you should be cautious and look for professional places to understand the relevant knowledge, not too careless.

Yang Guang: When you go to the beach, its actually very different from the swimming pool. Open water is the ocean. The ocean is very extensive. People must go with awe. Dont always think that I want to challenge nature or what. Whether it is snorkeling or scuba diving, free diving, there are courses to attend, you can go to the seaside to learn about. In addition, if you really just want to bask in the sun and swim on the beach, be sure to swim with shark nets and lifeguards.

At the end of recent years, New Years Day and Spring Festival are approaching, and many domestic tourists are ready to travel to Southeast Asia and other places. Liu Simin, an expert on tourism, also reminds us that when participating in ocean games, we must have a sense of awe for the ocean and always tighten the safety chord.

Liu Simin: Without the foundation of safety, the original intention of tourism is lost. Everyone must tighten the string of safety, and the alarm bell of safety should ring long. Dont look at these projects as simple as they seem, they may swim, theyre sure, but in fact the ocean is a very mysterious force, and its often unpredictable. So I think we must have a sense of awe when we travel and play in the sea. We must obey the requirements of managers, of course, we must also listen to the tips of travel agencies or related personnel. We must not blindly confident, or even conceited, otherwise it will easily lead to tragedy.

Snorkeling is by no means as safe as it is supposed to be. Because snorkelers are not very professional and their equipment is relatively simple, they are more likely to be dangerous. Tourists should be especially careful about offshore currents. There have been many cases where swimmers have been injured by offshore currents. Some people have exhausted their energy in the process of confronting offshore currents. Therefore, professionals warn against swimming through the gap between the reefs below when the current breaks off the sea. Source: Author of Voice of China: Liu Le????? Responsible Editor: Ji Guojie_NBJ11143

Snorkeling is by no means as safe as it is supposed to be. Because snorkelers are not very professional and their equipment is relatively simple, they are more likely to be dangerous. Tourists should be especially careful about offshore currents. There have been many cases where swimmers have been injured by offshore currents. Some people have exhausted their energy in the process of confronting offshore currents. Therefore, professionals warn against swimming through the gap between the reefs below when the current breaks off the sea.