New safety signs installed
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 , 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.’’