New heights of life­sav­ing

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page -

CITY Beach is home to the first of 10 new life­sav­ing ob­ser­va­tion tow­ers set to hit WA beaches.

The pur­pose-built tow­ers give life­savers a van­tage point almost three me­tres high to watch beach­go­ers. They will also be at Man­durah, Coogee, Scar­bor­ough, Mul­laloo, Port Bouvard, Yanchep, Se­cret Har­bour, Sor­rento and Bun­bury by sum­mer.

Surf Life Sav­ing WA (SLSWA) gen­eral man­ager Chris Peck said the tow­ers would help life­savers spot haz­ards such as rips, ma­rine life and swim­mers in dis­tress, and in­crease their pa­trolling foot­print.

“We know that de­spite our con­stant calls for beach­go­ers to swim be­tween the flags where they are most vis­i­ble to surf life savers, not ev­ery­one ad­heres to this prac­tice,” he said.

“The surf live sav­ing mantra of ‘if we can’t see you, we can’t save you’ is a mes­sage we’ve been shar­ing with the public for nearly a cen­tury and our abil­ity to re­spond re­lies di­rectly on this.”

Mr Peck said life­savers had sig­nif­i­cant in­put into the de­sign; they had pre­vi­ously tested units from Cal­i­for­nia, but they were in­ap­pro­pri­ate for WA.

The tow­ers have been funded through a $750,000 Lot­tery­west grant, with co-con­tri­bu­tions from lo­cal coun­cils and surf life sav­ing clubs.

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