Sea Scouts learn wa­ter res­cue tips

Broome Advertiser - - News - Robert Dougherty

Broome’s Sea Scouts have been given a boost af­ter at­tend­ing a Royal Life Sav­ing So­ci­ety WA and Scouts WA con­fer­ence in Perth last month.

Scouts learnt about hold­ing ac­tiv­i­ties in wa­ter en­vi­ron­ments and were given res­cue equip­ment such as throw ropes, res­cue tubes, first-aid kits and CPR signs at the joint event on June 30.

Broome was among a num­ber of Scout troops to at­tend.

The con­fer­ence was also at­tended by Fed­eral Mem­ber for Fre­man­tle Josh Wil­son and RLSSWA chief ex­ec­u­tive Peter Leaver­such.

Mr Leaver­such said more than a quar­ter of Aus­tralia’s drown­ings last fi­nan­cial year took place in rivers, creeks, lakes and dams, and vig­i­lance was needed around all WA wa­ter­ways.

“The dan­gers are of­ten lurk­ing be­low the sur­face, you sim­ply can’t see ice-cold wa­ter, snags or strong cur­rents but they can be lethal,” he said.

Mr Wil­son, also a drown­ing pre­ven­tion am­bas­sador for RLSSWA, said he was very sup­port­ive of Sea Scouts groups who could be called on to act as a public res­cue ser­vice should an emer­gency sit­u­a­tion arise.

“The value of swim­ming com­pe­tence can’t be un­der­stated,” Mr Wil­son said.

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