We'll crack down on dam drinking - Limpopo cops

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Limpopo - Members of the Limpopo police search and rescue unit will be out in full force at all major dams during the Christmas weekend, police said on Wednesday.

SAPS provincial commissioner, Lieutenant General Fannie Masemola, said this was due to the sweltering heatwave which the province was experiencing.

Masemola said they were requesting members of the public to work with the police to ensure a safe and enjoyable holiday period for all. 

"Over excessive alcohol consumption remains a challenge to the police. This leads to the committing of several crimes, and people on the water must know that no alcohol is allowed on any type of vessel on the water," he said.

Masemola said skippers would have to adhere to all the conditions and terms set out in their skipper’s licence. He said police would be checking their certificates of competency, as well as their certificates of buoyancy.

Vessels would be inspected to check whether life jackets were available and whether the kill switches of the boats were in working order.

"People must also take note that children of 12 years and under must always wear life jackets when on the water. People who are not rated to be on the water after dark will also be cautioned to leave the water from 18:00."

He said all these measures were in place to ensure that people had a safe holiday period, and to prevent death or serious injuries.

Parents were also advised to always be aware of their childrens' whereabouts and not to let them go swimming unsupervised.






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