New Years Surf Warning

Surf lifesavers are asking people to use their common sense when taking to the beach over the New Year period after several recent drownings along the NSW coastline.

New Years Day is one of the busiest beach days of the year and lifesavers will be on full alert to protect the hundreds of thousands of beachgoers expected.

Dean Storey, Surf Life Saving NSW Lifesaving Manager, says that people need to stay smart when celebrating while also looking out for their friends and family.

"Unfortunately drug use and excessive alcohol consumption at New Year's celebrations can often have hazardous consequences," said Dean Storey. "Combine these factors with swimming in the surf, particularly after dark, and it adds up to an extremely dangerous situation which we're urging the public to avoid this New Year's Eve."

Surf lifesavers are also preparing for a big New Year's Day on the beaches and are encouraging members of the public to exercise caution. There have been two drownings in the last week in NSW, including the death of a man at Budgewoi on the Central Coast late yesterday.

“All these drownings have occurred at unpatrolled locations or after patrol hours. We’re urging people to only swim at patrolled beaches between the red and yellow flags,” says Dean Storey.

“Members of the public can always approach lifesavers if they’re unsure about conditions and if in doubt, stay out," said Dean Storey.

Sun 30 Dec 2012