The body of a woman who went missing off Sidon’s notorious public beach at the weekend was found at Ramlet al-Baida last night, after it had been swept north for more than 20km by strong tides.
Roula Mohammed Bayyari, a Palestinian, had disappeared on Sunday after she was pulled out to sea by a strong current while swimming off the mouth of the Awali river.
Strollers last night spotted a body, washed up on the Ramlet al-Baida shore. Civil defence rescuers were called in and identified the body.
Also on Sunday, a 14-year-old Palestinian, Ahmad Mohammed Abdel-Aal, drowned in the same area and his body was recovered by soldiers and civil defence workers.
Abdel-Aal’s death raised to three the number of people who have drowned off Sidon’s coast in the past week, according to the source, who held out little chance of finding Bayyari alive.
The spot where the two young people drowned is considered dangerous due to the strong currents found at the mouth of the Awali river.
Tens of people have already drowned in the notorious 1km stretch of coastline which lacks any safety signs or equipment such as lifebuoys.
The majority of residents in Sidon are unable to afford the fees for private beaches and, despite its hazardous reputation, have flocked to the public beach, particularly during the current hot spell.