shark nets removed Warning

2015-06-24 06:00
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Duty members of clubs affiliated to the association did a total of 22?334 beach patrol hours on beaches

Photo: supplied Duty members of clubs affiliated to the association did a total of 22?334 beach patrol hours on beaches

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WITH the winter holiday starting this weekend, holiday makers will flock to beaches and enjoy the warm winter weather.

With the shark nets removed due to the expected annual sardine run, bathing is prohibited on all beaches along the South Coast and this is indicated by the white and black shark alarm flag displayed. Holidaymakers are requested to take note and heed this warning as no yellow and red flags (indicating a safe bathing area) are displayed - only the shark alarm flag.

At the recently held annual general­ meeting of Lifesaving Association­ KZN South, the honorary president and records officer, Ken Bentall, reported that duty members of clubs affiliated to the association did a total of 22 334 beach patrol hours on beaches along the KZN South Coast from Amanzimtoti to Port Edward without a near drowning or incident that required resuscitation.

“Voluntary lifesaving clubs’ main aim is maintaining effective beach patrols to promote drowning prevention and ensuring the safety of the public of which a tremendous number are holidaymakers and the lifeblood of most of the towns on the South Coast,” said the re-elected chairman, Mickey Thompson, a member of Warnadoone Lifesaving Club.

All lifesaving club members are voluntaries performing valuable community service of beach patrol duties on Sundays and public holidays throughout the year. This proud tradition dates back to 1928 when the three local clubs of Toti­, Warners and Winkle as they are affectionately known, were formed.

For any further details, contact the Thompson on 082 784 2996 or email

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