Do not drink and swim, beachgoers warned

2015-12-23 21:10

Cape Town – Do not drink and swim this festive season, the City of Cape Town has warned.

The City on Wednesday urged visitors and residents to be vigilant, especially on the Day of Goodwill, December 26, where families flocked to the beaches in large numbers.

The city’s Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Special Projects Belinda Walker said many drowning incidents were linked to alcohol consumption.

“Residents are urged not to allow family members and friends to go into the water if they have consumed alcohol and to report any intoxicated beach-goers to the lifeguard or law enforcement officer on duty.”

On Tuesday, the City said the alcohol confiscated around Cape Town beaches this festive season had increased compared to 2014.

Nearly 6 000 bottles of alcohol have been confiscated from beaches during the first three weeks of December, Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security JP Smith said.

He said this was astounding.

“Alcohol impairs judgment and places unnecessary strain on the lifeguards and other security agencies who are there to ensure public safety. So, leave the alcohol at home until you return from your day out, for your own safety but also for the sanity of those around you,” he said. 

On Wednesday, Walker also urged beach-goers to not swim in areas which were not supervised by lifeguards. 

In a bid to curb high incidents of drownings, Cape Town has employed 100 beach monitors this year.

They will patrol areas not covered by lifeguards. 

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