YEREVAN, August 23. /ARKA/. Four people drowned in Sevan Lake this year, head of special water rescue group of Armenia’s ministry of emergencies Armen Chzmachyan said.
One of them had a heart attack while being in water, two others jumped from boats and failed to get out of water, the fourth went swimming drunk, Chzmachyan told a press conference on Friday.
The head of water rescuers said they prevented some 23 drown cases this year, compared to 22 last year.
Chzmachyan said in order to avoid water accidents, beachgoers should follow the rules, not swim into deep, not go into water while drunk and avoid overeating.
Only zones with water rescue control should be used for swimming, otherwise number of drowned may increase, the head of the rescuers said. This year 28 water rescuers work at Sevan beaches.
According to Armenia’s ministry of environment, over 200,000 people take a holiday at 11 public beaches of Sevan this year, compared to 100,000 in 2011, 120,000 in 2012 and over 150,000 last year.
Sevan is one of the largest mountainous lakes in Europe and Asia. It sits in the middle of Armenian Highland at an altitude of 1914 meters and is the main sources of drinking water in the region. –0—