Respect river dangers
ALMOST 1000 people have drowned in a river, creek or stream in the past 13 years. So why are so many drowning in our rivers?
The flat, still surface of a river gives a false sense of security. You cannot see icecold water, snags such as tree branches or strong currents but they can be lethal.
Dangerous activities such as consuming alcohol, driving through floodwaters and not wearing a lifejacket are also adding to the alarming figures.
People need to act responsibly around rivers and avoid any behaviour that may increase the risk of drowning.
The society has launched a campaign to save lives. It is simple, respect the river.
Justin Scarr, chief executive, Royal Life Saving Society - Australia.