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Beached this summer? Listen to the lifeguard

LIFEGUARDS are pleading with residents and holidaymakers to use commonsense and stay safe on North Coast beaches this summer.

Council lifeguards and club lifesavers will provide safe swimming areas as well as undertake rescues, first-aid treatment and provide surf and beach safety advice.

“Lifeguard services play an important part in ensuring the northern NSW coast remains one of Australia's top summer destinations,” northern NSW lifeguard co-ordinator Stephen Leahy said.

“People know they can go to a beach close to where they are visiting and there will be a lifesaving service there on any day of the summer holidays.”

Operation Beachsafe is an extensive campaign that seeks to reduce the number of preventable drownings in northern NSW during the holidays.

Mr Leahy said a recent nationwide study reviewing coastal drownings over the past four years indicated males aged up to 30 were most likely to drown, and that drownings happened in rips near patrolled locations between noon and 6pm. Most drownings happened in the first months of the year, on weekdays.



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