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Swim across Lake Balaton this August

Registrations for the crossing event are required.

The crossing of Lake Balaton, the safest lake in Europe, will take place on August 16. Kayaks, canoes, kite surfboards, dragon boats and paddle boards can all take part in the water-sports parade.

Last year, 2,000 people traveled back and forth across the lake between Fonyód and Badacsony, but pre-registrations indicate that thousands will take part in the event this year.

“Lake Balaton is the safest lake in Europe,” László Horváth, Colonel of the Balaton Water Police Department, stressed on public television this past weekend. 

According to Colonel Horváth, water police have been alerted at Lake Balaton in 140 cases and have saved the lives of 310 people.

This year, there have been five fatal tragedies at Lake Balaton, which is fewer than average; the cases were not caused by violations, but by malaise and fainting. 

On the day of the crossing, participants will enter the water from the dog beach in Fonyód between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Per “current navigation regulations,” they must carry a water meter as well as a five-meter rope for mooring or towing.

In the kayak and canoe categories, women’s singles, men’s singles and mixed races will be held. Ten or 20 dragon boats can traverse the nine kilometers at the same time as well.

The Balaton Water Police and the rescue service will ensure the safety of the event. In case of adverse weather, the event will be held on August 22 or 29. 

Registration is required.

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