Lifesavers and lifeguards step up patrols

Volunteer lifesavers are joining forces with council lifeguards on the Far South Coast to help keep people safe today as temperatures are expected to soar.

In the Eurobodalla Shire, Council have increased the number of lifeguards on duty at some beaches, while volunteers are doing additional patrols on land and by Jet 

Ski (rescue water craft) in a bid to keep people safe.

Far South Coast Director of Lifesaving Andrew Edmunds said it was a rare move, but essential to help keep people safe.

“We had a horror drowning run last season and over the last few years,” he said.

“We’ve taken the unusual step of rostering on some volunteers during the weekdays particularly for today as temperatures and beach goers are expected to soar.”

“Traditionally we’re only required to have lifesavers on patrol on weekends and public holidays, as council lifeguards are responsible during the week.

“This season however, through proactive patrols and a bit of good luck we’ve not had any fatalities in our region. It’s a achievement we hope to sustain through 

the season.”

Mr Edmunds said the rescue jet ski would be patrolling drowning hot spots between Moruya Wall and McKenzies Beach.

“We’ve also got our callout teams at all seven clubs from Batemans Bay to Pambula on standby for any incidents.”

Despite the additional resources on duty today, Mr Edmunds said the best place to swim was only at patrolled beaches, in between the red and yellow flags.

“Its going to be hot, particularly this afternoon. Make sure you stay well hydrated and use plenty of sun protection.”

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