IJburg beach is open again. Extra security measures have been taken. The city beach on the east side of Amsterdam was previously closed by Mayor Femke Halsema after two people drowned on Thursday.
From today, lifeguards from the rescue brigade and the supervisory authorities in Amsterdam are present to warn people about currents and cold water. They will point out the safest bathing spot for bathers, reports AT5.
At first glance, IJburg beach looks like so many other beaches. But the water there is dangerous. Not only because the currents in Markermeer, around Pampus and IJ converge, but also because there is plenty of driving and construction in the area. There are also all kinds of (construction) obstacles under water.
CPR on the beach
Thursday morning, the body of a young woman was found in the water near IJburg. That evening, a 40-year-old man from Badhoevedorp had problems. He was still resuscitated on the beach, but died a short time later. Both drowning cases are still being investigated.
The rescue brigade’s deposit is not the only measure that makes it possible to reopen the beach. The beach is fenced at the waterline – to mark it as clearly as a swimming area. There will also be extra signs to warn. In addition to the existing ball line where the water is 1.40 meters deep, there is now also a ball line at a depth of 60 centimeters, according to NH Nieuws.