No flag, no swim these holidays

LIFESAVERS and lifeguards are pleading with holidaymakers and locals on the Coffs Coast to play it safe.

The NSW coastal drowning toll sits at 16 for the season, with rip currents and rockfishing still the main dangers along our coastline.

Now that the school holidays are with us, beachgoers are urged to have surf safety as their number one priority.

Dean Storey from Surf Life Saving NSW has emphasised the importance of swimming at patrolled beaches, between the red and yellow flags.

“Don’t put yourself or your family at risk these holidays,” he said.

“Take advantage of the fact that many beaches are still patrolled by lifesaving services.”

Lifeguards and lifesavers have worked hard this summer, investing 507,345 patrol hours into rescuing 6345 people and preventing another 136,579 from getting into trouble.

The distribution of thousands of surf safety brochures and information cards to motels, camp grounds and backpacker operators throughout the State was also well embraced by the community.

Volunteer surf lifesavers will patrol on weekends and public holidays until April 26.

Some councils will provide beach patrols at certain locations throughout the winter months.

For details on which beaches are patrolled and patrol times (including over the winter months) go to www.beachsafe.org.au, which is also available as an iPhone app.



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