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The Queens­land Am­bu­lance Ser­vice (QAS) is urg­ing res­i­dents to take ex­tra care around wa­ter these school hol­i­days and en­sure chil­dren are well su­per­vised. QAS Torres and Cape York Su­per­in­ten­dent War­ren Martin said while wa­ter ac­tiv­i­ties can be fun, there are risks. “Drown­ing is a sig­nif­i­cant risk, es­pe­cially for small chil­dren, which is why it is im­por­tant to con­stantly su­per­vise them,” he said. “Many fam­i­lies think they may hear their child if they were in trou­ble but small chil­dren of­ten make no sound at all when drown­ing and it can hap­pen in sec­onds, re­sult­ing in un­told heartache for fam­i­lies. “Far North Queens­land is also a pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tion for wa­ter ac­tiv­i­ties with lo­ca­tions of­fer­ing boat­ing, fish­ing, and div­ing along with many swim­ming holes. “We ask hol­i­day mak­ers to con­sider their abil­i­ties be­fore un­der­tak­ing stren­u­ous ac­tiv­i­ties and not to put them­selves in a sit­u­a­tion out of their depth.” While Mr Martin hopes ev­ery­one en­joys the hol­i­day pe­riod, he re­minded res­i­dents not to overindulge this Christ­mas. “Drink­ing al­co­hol also greatly in­creases the risk of drown­ing,’ he said. “Take it easy this fes­tive sea­son, al­ter­nate your al­co­holic drinks with plenty of wa­ter and don’t drink and swim. “We want to make sure peo­ple get home to their fam­i­lies and don’t re­mem­ber Christ­mas for all the wrong rea­sons.”

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