GREAT JOB: Ollie Smyth, Rachael Smyth, Joanna Charles, Lilli Smyth, Darcy Ryan, Zoe Burgess and Koby Nolan from Coffs Harbour Surf Lifesaving Club.
GREAT JOB: Ollie Smyth, Rachael Smyth, Joanna Charles, Lilli Smyth, Darcy Ryan, Zoe Burgess and Koby Nolan from Coffs Harbour Surf Lifesaving Club. Gemima Harvey

Letter to the Editor - April 30: Lifesavers by name & nature

THE 2015/16 patrol season ended on Monday, with lifesavers taking the opportunity to reflect on the season that was.

Since that first day of patrols, our frontline volunteers have performed more than 6000 rescues, faced a near doubling of first aid treatments to 16,000, and initiated more than 150,000 preventative actions.

They've battled searing heat, large crowds, and callouts to a variety of emergency situations.

Through their volunteer efforts they have cemented their reputation in the public eye as a respected icon of the Australian summer.

More than six million people have attended a NSW beach this season.

This figure is slightly down on last year's but it is expected to rise as the data is finalised.

There was, however, a significant increase in crowds throughout the December/January holiday period.

Our volunteers have done a sensational job not only on patrol, but also of spreading the message of surf safety to visitors to their beach.

Everyone who wears the red and yellow uniform is an ambassador for the movement.

Our 21,000 active patrolling members are a credit to their clubs and to their families.

John Restuccia

NSW director of Lifesaving



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