New safety signs in­stalled

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Porirua City Coun­cil has in­stalled 10 new safety signs at Ti­tahi Bay beach.

Among the safety mes­sages is the re­minder that there are rips at ei­ther end of the beach and that swim­mers should stay be­tween the red and yel­low flags to avoid get­ting into dif­fi­culty.

‘‘Since the ac­ci­den­tal drown­ing of Al­bert Ala­p­ati in Jan­uary [2012], the coun­cil has been work­ing with Surf Life Sav­ing New Zealand to agree ap­proved sig­nage for the beach ready for the sum­mer sea­son,’’ Leisure As­sets and Ser­vices man­ager Karyn Still­well says.

‘‘The coun­cil also in­creased its fund­ing to SLSNZ through the Long Term Plan process ear­lier this year so ad­di­tional life­saver ser­vices can be pro­vided at the beach.’’

The ser­vice, which runs seven days a week, is op­er­at­ing un­til Fe­bru­ary, and the coun­cil and SLSNZ have worked to en­sure the sig­nage was ready for the sum­mer.

‘‘Ti­tahi Bay beach is very pop­u­lar, both with surfers and swim­mers,’’ Ms Still­well says.

‘‘Peo­ple just need to re­mem­ber to swim be­tween the flags, which are pa­trolled, and if there’s an emer­gency call 111.’’

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