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Two drownings on NSW beaches in 48 hours has prompted lifesavers to issue a safety warning ahead of the new patrol season, which gets underway across the state next weekend.

The warning follows the tragic death of a 37-year-old man who got into difficult while snorkelling at Racecourse Beach near Kioloa in southern NSW on Saturday.

While in the early hours of Monday morning a man thought to be in his 70s couldn’t be revived after a boating accident near Kurnell.

In addition to the coastal drownings, surf lifesaving assets were also tasked to attend a number of incidents on the weekend.

These included responding to a stranded kayaker at Hyams Beach, a distressed kite surfer at Towradgi, and a number of medical episodes.

Fortunately all of the other incidents had positive outcomes.

Sadly there have been at least 5 coastal drowning deaths since July and with the hotter weather looming there is a concern among the lifesaving community that safety messages still aren’t sinking in.

“It has been a very challenging few days on the beach, and unfortunately these tragic incidents are a reminder of the power of the ocean,” said SLSNSW CEO Steven Pearce.

“With the new patrol season almost upon us it’s an ideal time to reiterate some of the most important safety messages.

“As surf lifesavers we want everyone to enjoy their time at the beach safely and it’s crucial that people make the effort to swim at a patrolled location and between those red and yellow flags,” said Mr Pearce.

Other safety tips that are import include arming yourself with as much information as possible such as weather forecasts and tide changes, letting people know your plans, wearing the correct safety including a lifejacket if fishing, and knowing your limitations in strong swell conditions

The NSW Surf Life Saving season will be officially launched with a ceremony at North Steyne Surf Club on Sydney’s Northern Beaches this Friday before the majority of volunteer patrols around the state commence this weekend.

Beach Safety Tips 

  • Always swim between the red and yellow patrol flags, for your nearest patrolled beach check the BeachSafe app or website 

  • Read the safety signs for information about the beach and ask a lifesaver or lifeguard for safety information

  • Always swim with someone else so you can look out for each other, and always supervise children around the water

  • Never swim under the influence of alcohol or drugs

  • If you need help in the water, stay calm and attract attention by raising one arm

  • In an emergency, dial Triple Zero Police

  • Don’t forget to be sun safe by remembering to: Slip on some protective clothing, Slop on some sunscreen, Slap on a hat, Slide on a pair of sunglasses, Seek some shade and Sip on lots of water to stay hydrated

  •  For information about patrol times, weather, and beach locations visit the Beachsafe Website or Download the App.


Monday 24 September 2018