Men look on as Civil Defense members search for the body of a missing child near Saadiyat, Lebanon, July 14, 2019. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
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The body of an 8-year-old boy who went missing over the weekend while swimming off the coast of the Chouf washed up on the shore of Beirut's Ramlet al-Baida Monday.Murr said Beirut hadn't seen any fatalities since last year, but that people frequently needed to be rescued. He said there were three such cases just this past weekend, and 10 the weekend before that.The Beirut Fire Department's lifeguards make rotations regularly on the weekends, as this is when beaches are populated most, Murr said.At one location in Batroun Saturday, one of the days when the waves were strongest, people were swimming without supervision and jumping off high rocks.Yazbeck said that five years ago, the unit tried to put up signs in Nahr Ibrahim -- a location where he said people frequently drowned -- telling people not to swim, but that the signs were gone after two weeks.
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