The red flags seen at the beach line of Station 1 of Boracay do not mean swimming is prohibited.
What the red flag means is - the area from the shore to where the flags were posted is the swimming area. The move is to ensure that the swimming public is safe.
This is unlike what Boracay has been accustomed to that when red flags were raised, it meant swimming was prohibited.
Life guard Supervisor Miguel “Mike” Labatiao, explained that the red flags mean that boats or speed boats are prohibited to enter the area since the area is only for swimmers.
There had been incidents reported in the past wherein swimmers were hit by boat or had been disturbed when now and then anchor is set at the area.
The Lifeguard Supervisor explained that the raising of red flag when there is bad weather, to give warning to swimmers, is done at their post at Station 2.
Labatiao further added that there are also signages or signboards at critical areas or places where drowning usually occurs.