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Water Sports Safety and Warning Signals (Hong Kong)

Last modified: 2005-06-25 by phil nelson
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Flags used at 32 Hong Kong public bathing beaches (page dated 11 June, 2004):

This beach is attended by lifeguards: horizontally divided, red above yellow.

There is report of shark in the vicinity: broad white horizontal stripe above narrower white one, a black shark's fin visible above the "water-line".

[Hong Kong Shark in vicinity flag]
contributed by Jan Mertens

Swimming at this beach is unsafe. Please do not enter the water: red.
Jan Mertens, 21 May 2005

The red and yellow flag is used in many countries (New Zealand for one, and I'm pretty sure Australia is another). In New Zealand, the usual situation is that when lifeguards are in attendance the beachside building they use as their office/HQ flies the flag of that particular club (usually a logo, and often sponsored). Two red and yellow flags will be placed on temporary poles hammered into the sand of the beach at either end of the patrolled area, and the public are advised to "Swim between the flags".
James Dignan, 21 May 2005