Night swim is not ad­vis­able

Townsville Bulletin - - Nye — Party Central -

AMIDNIGHTdip­may sound temptin­gafter a few New Year’s bev­er­ages, but surf life­savers have urged rev­ellers to be aware of the dan­gers of swim­min­gin the beach at night.

SLSQ’s life­sav­ing ser­vices man­ager Ge­orge Hill said surf life­savers were par­tic­u­larly wor­ried about the com­bi­na­tion of al­co­hol and a night­time swim.

‘‘There are no life­savers pa­trollingthe beaches at night, so if you get into trou­ble, there is no im­me­di­ate help avail­able, and any search is al­most im­pos­si­ble in the dark,’’ Mr Hill said.

‘‘We can­not be­come com­pla­cent as we want to en­sure the fes­tive pe­riod is as safe as pos­si­ble for ev­ery­one who vis­its the beach this sum­mer.’’

Vol­un­teer beach pa­trols will start at 10am.

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