End of season for surf lifeguards
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.