End of sea­son for surf life­guards

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS -

Surf life­guards are urg­ing peo­ple to take care when swim­ming at an un­pa­trolled beach.

March 29 marked the end of the surf life­sav­ing pa­trol sea­son around the Welling­ton coast­line.

Pro­vi­sional statis­tics show life­guards have car­ried out 119 res­cues this sum­mer at 10 beaches.

Ev­ery year, life­guards na­tion­wide spend 200,000 hours pa­trolling about 80 beaches and res­cue on av­er­age 1200 peo­ple.

It was re­ported that res­cues and other beach ac­tiv­i­ties had been on par with pre­vi­ous years, but strong sum­mer winds and un­usual beach con­di­tions kept life­guards busy en­sur­ing beach go­ers re­mained safe.

When swim­ming at an un­pa­trolled beach, Surf Life Sav­ing New Zealand ad­vises beach go­ers to watch out for them­selves and oth­ers, be aware of the dan­gers and know their lim­its.

Surf life­savers are a regular sight dur­ing sum­mer.

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