The sad outcome of a late afternoon cool off has alarm bells ringing for Surf Lifesavers, primed for extreme weather conditions from Friday.
A man drowned after a group of people were jumping from the rocks at Wattamolla Beach in the Royal National Park last night. Another two people were pulled from the water and transported to hospital.
A Surf Life Saving Duty Officer was able to get to the scene quickly and assisted Police with the recovery.
It highlights the need for people to make sensible decisions as the weather heats up. Surf Life Saving NSW CEO Steven Pearce is urging caution for those heading to waterways to cool off over the next few days.
"It's important people put safety first when near the water," said Mr Pearce.
"Don't overestimate your abilities or underestimate the conditions, whether it's on our beaches or on inland waterways.
"Head to a patrolled beach, especially if you're not a strong swimmer," he said.
"This is an extremely sad outcome and our thoughts are with the man's family at this time."
On Thursday the three surf clubs in the Royal National Park were presented with new satellite phone equipment to combat the isolated location, through funding from the local member and the NSW Government. It's hoped this gear will contribute to the safety of the public during incidents in the Park over the summer.
Hot Weather & 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
- Remember 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
Friday 2 November 2018