The Central Weather Bureau said it recorded a northeast wind of 6-7 on the Beaufort scale near Kenting on Sunday morning, with gusts of up to 9 on the scale. It said that alerts were issued Saturday and Sunday morning.A 9 scale wind has a speed of 20.8-24.4 meters per seconds, which is a strong gale, according to the bureau.Irregular tides off the coast of Kenting were also recorded by the bureau. Between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Sunday, there were waves as as high as 0.72 meters in the area, the bureau said.It will require further study, however, to determine whether the incident resulted from the weather conditions, the bureau said.Hung Kuang-pin, chairman of the swimming association, said its personnel had deemed that the weather was suitable for swimming, and the competition was launched as scheduled.But the conditions took a turn for the worse shortly after 8 a.m. and the race was shortened from 3 km to 1.6 km, he said. The swimmers were not allowed to pass the 0.8 km mark going out to sea, he added.At about 9 a.m., it was decided that the weather was unsuitable for the competition and a support crew was asked to pick up the swimmers and take them ashore, the organizers said.
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