NSRI urges extreme caution as crowds flock to KZN beaches

2010-12-27 00:00

THE National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) is bracing itself for a busy holiday season and has urged the public to exercise extreme caution at the coast.

As crowds flock to KZN’s beaches, the NSRI warned yesterday that parents should ensure their children have responsible adult supervision around coastal and inland waters and swimming pools.

“Rip currents are the greatest cause of drowning accidents in South Africa and Lifesaving SA are urging the public to swim only at beaches where and when lifeguards are on duty and obey the lifeguards’ instructions.”

Other safety tips include:

• Anglers should wear life-jackets when fishing from rocks;

• Anyone launching any kind of craft in coastal or inland waters should wear a life-jacket, carry safety gear and let a responsible person know departure time, exact route and return time. Stick to your route and let the responsible person know of your safe return.

• Avoid alcohol consumption around water.

Lifeguards are in full force on beaches around South Africa and NSRI volunteers are available to respond to sea rescue emergencies.

Until January 5, three Surf Rescue helicopters, sponsored by Discovery and crewed by an ER24 paramedic, a Lifesaving SA rescue swimmer and an NSRI rescue swimmer, will be available to respond to sea rescue emergencies in KwaZulu-Natal.

Said Craig Lambinon of Sea Rescue Communications, “The full force of the emergency services that complements sea rescue operations is on high alert to assist in sea rescue operations.”

 

Richards Bay: 035 905 3444 or 035 753 1991

Durban: 031 361 8567

When you report an emergency in progress, always give your phone number, your name, your exact position, the exact nature and position of the emergency and then stay by your phone and expect calls from responding rescue personnel.

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