Lifeguards warn parents to keep eyes on children
THE warmer weather is nearly upon us and lifeguards are calling for local parents to supervise their children at all times at the beach or near waterways.
Calls for vigilance near waterways were triggered after a recent incident where three children - aged four, seven and 11 - were playing unsupervised by adults near the north wall in Park Beach.
Coffs Harbour City Council lifeguard co-ordinator Greg Hackfath said all-year patrols on Park Beach meant lifeguards were on hand to address the situation.
"Luckily for these kids, Park Beach is patrolled all-year round, so we could make sure they got home safely."
North Wall Beach, where several people have drowned, rates among the Coffs Coast's most dangerous stretches of sand.
But like many Coffs beaches, it's not patrolled all-year round like at Park Beach.
Greg said it was crucial children were supervised around water.
"We'd urge all parents and guardians to make sure they keep a close eye on children near water at all times and teach them not to wander near waterways or the ocean alone," he said.
"Beaches and waterways can be very dangerous places for children if they are not being supervised."
For details on Coffs Harbour's patrolled beaches and patrol times, visit online or just follow the Lifeguards on Twitter.