Cape Town - Lifesaving SA warned beachgoers to exercise caution when swimming in the sea as a strong Spring Tide brought with it the dangers of rip currents across SA's coastal areas.
One person drowned on boxing day and the body was later recovered after a search and rescue mission along Cape Town's Strand beach, the City of Cape Town said.
Caused by extreme high and low tides, rip tides are a result of the bigger than normal change between tides as a larger volume of water drains between high and low tides. see its affects shared across social media.
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In order to stay safe, beachgoers are being asked to adhere to the following safety tips:
- Swim only where there are lifeguards and where signs indicate that it is safe to do so
- If you see someone else in trouble in the sea, alert the lifeguards or find help. Do not put your own life in danger as well
- Don’t drink alcohol before swimming or driving motor boats. The use of alcohol dulls the senses, slows the reactions and can lead to irresponsible behavior.
- Don’t dive from tidal pool walls – this can result in spinal injuries
- Do not take small or unstable boats out far from the shore in choppy water or bad weather
- If you are caught in a rip current, stay calm and relax. Swim slowly and conservatively parallel to the shoreline or relax and let it carry you out past the breakers until it slacks.
- Emergency calls can be directed to the City’s 107 emergency number. Dial 107 from a landline or 021 480 7700 from a cellphone.