Maroubra Beach is closed while the search is underway for a missing teenager. Photo: Kate GeraghtyRESIDENTS are urged to remain vigilant about being safe in the water in the lead up to New Year’s Eve.
A spate of drownings this week has led NSW Water Police to remind people about making water safety a top priority.
Marine Area Commander, Superintendent Mark Hutchingssaidthe key to water safety was assessing the environment and taking simple precautions.
“Whether you’re going to the beach, a river, lake or swimming pool, it’s important to know the conditions and possible hazards in the area,” he said.
“The appearance of many waterways can be deceiving, whether it is depth, current, temperature or submerged objects, so it’s important to check before you get in – or you might be caught out.”
Marine Area Commander, Superintendent Mark Hutchings Lifesavers & Lifeguards have issued a plea to beachgoers ahead of a busy summer on NSW beaches: https://t苏州夜生活/jctOelkX6Epic.twitter苏州夜网/9fHebnQB6j
— Surf Life Saving NSW (@slsnsw) December 27, 2016
Surf Life Saving has a website,www.beachsafe苏州桑拿.au,and a smart-phone app called Beachsafeto help people plan a day at the beach.
The organisation also offers the following tips for keeping safe at the beach:
Always swim between the red and yellow flags.Read and observe the safety signs.Ask a lifesaver/lifeguard for safety advice.Always swim with someone else and look out for each other.Always supervise children around the water.Never swim under the influence of alcohol or drugs.Learn how to identify a rip.If you need help, stay calm and attract attention.Always wear a lifejacket while boating or rock-fishing.If witnessing an in-water emergency, call Triple Zero (000) for police.