Re­spect river dan­gers

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion -

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.

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