SURF BREAK

Surf skis have been washed, whis­tles stowed and binoc­u­lars packed at the end of an­other busy sea­son for Ca­ble Beach life­guards.

Broome Advertiser - - Front Page - Pic­ture: Robert Dougherty

Surf skis have been washed, whis­tles stowed and binoc­u­lars packed at the con­clu­sion of an­other de­mand­ing sea­son for life­guards on Ca­ble Beach.

Surf Life Sav­ing WA lifeguard pa­trols wrapped up on Broome’s Ca­ble Beach on Oc­to­ber 29 af­ter a sea­son of 9am to 4.30pm watch days since April 14.

Dur­ing their pa­trols, 171,160 peo­ple at­tended the beach, guards res­cued seven peo­ple, warned 1659 beach­go­ers of rips, rocks and other haz­ards, at­tended 255 mi­nor first aid in­ci­dents and one ma­jor in­ci­dent.

Lifeguard cap­tain Wade Clark said the life­guards were now head­ing south or find­ing work in town af­ter a busy sea­son on the beach.

“It’s been pretty good, we are up (in num­bers) from last year in first aid in­ci­dents and at­ten­dance — the team has been awe­some,” he said.

“We’ve had one irukandji st­ing on April 21, that was our ma­jor first aid in­ci­dent.

“There was a lot of odd ques­tions (from swim­mers), the odd­est would have been ‘how do you see sharks or croc­o­diles?’ or ‘is the tide com­ing in or out?’ — that’s usu­ally a pretty big ques­tion.

“I’ve got a job for the wet in land­scap­ing and main­te­nance, usu­ally I would go down south but I wanted to stay up here for the wet sea­son.”

Shire of Broome act­ing man­ager sport and re­cre­ation Mike Doyle said the Shire had re­ceived pos­i­tive feed­back from the com­mu­nity and thanked Broome Surf Life Sav­ing Club vol­un­teers who as­sisted the life­guards by run­ning pa­trols on Sun­days.

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