BEACHGOERS WARNED TO KEEP WATER SAFE ON AUSTRALIA DAY AND HOLIDAYS
Conditions are shaping up to cause one of the busiest days on record for Surf Life Saving NSW (SLSNSW), with heatwave conditions and large swells combining on what is traditionally one of the most challenging days of the year on NSW beaches.
Since Friday there have tragically been four drowning deaths and a record-breaking 303 rescues performed by lifesavers, 1200 first aids and 15,560 preventative actions.
Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott is urging everyone to heed the safety warnings and prevent any further tragedies.
“One life lost on our beaches is too many and leaves a lasting impact on the community and the Surf Lifesavers who dedicate their time to keeping everyone safe in the water,” Mr Elliott said.
“I want to thank each and every Surf Life Saving NSW member and issue an urgent warning to anyone wanting to escape the heatwave at our beaches, despite the efforts of lifesavers careless behaviour in the water and irresponsible rock fishing will lead to drownings.
“SLSNSW has deployed a number of additional resources in preparation, but I hope everyone celebrating Australia Day on NSW’s iconic beaches takes extra care, listens to any warnings and avoids taking any avoidable risks.”
Surf Life Saving NSW CEO Steve Pearce encouraged everyone to download the BeachSafe App, to keep updated on the latest safety advice.
“The additional funding support that the NSW Government provided has enabled the ability for SLSNSW to update our BeachSafe App to incorporate COVID beach attendance updates, a feature that has already proved invaluable this summer,” Mr Pearce said.
“We expect enormous visitation to all NSW beaches this Australia Day and the BeachSafe App will enable the community to check on which beaches are at or reaching capacity and shape their travel plans before they leave home.”
Beach Safety Tips:
- Always swim between the red and yellow patrol flags, for your nearest patrolled beach check the BeachSafe app or website
- Read the safety signs for information about the beach and ask a lifesaver or lifeguard for safety information
- Always swim with someone else so you can look out for each other, and always supervise children around the water
- Never swim under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- If you need help in the water, stay calm and attract attention by raising one arm
- In an emergency, dial Triple Zero
For information about patrol times, weather, and beach access restrictions visit the Beachsafe.org.au Website or Download the App.