Call for life­guards to pa­trol in­land wa­ter­ways

Sunshine Coast Daily - - NEWS -

ROYAL Life Sav­ing So­ci­ety Queens­land be­lieves the in­tro­duc­tion of life­guard ser­vices to in­land wa­ter­ways is cru­cial to re­duc­ing the in­creas­ing num­ber of Queens­land drown­ing in­ci­dents.

By plac­ing trained life­guards at pop­u­lar lo­ca­tions across the state they will not only be able to re­duce the num­ber of drown­ing in­ci­dents but help with the pro­vi­sion of first aid when in­juries at these lo­ca­tions oc­cur. Na­tion­ally there have been 59 re­ported drown­ing deaths this sum­mer com­pared to 41 drown­ing deaths this time last year.

Across Aus­tralia the most drown­ing deaths have oc­curred in­land (rivers, lakes, dams) at 44 per cent (26), 42 per cent (25) oc­curred at coastal lo­ca­tions (beaches, coastal rocks, oceans), home swim­ming pools ac­counted for 10 per cent (6), 2 per cent (1) pub­lic and pub­lic ac­ces­si­ble pools , 2 per cent (1) is other.

In Queens­land in­land wa­ter­ways is the lead­ing lo­ca­tion of drown­ing deaths with 31 per cent of drown­ings in 2017/ 2018.

RLSSQ have con­tacted mem­bers of State Gov­ern­ment to dis­cuss po­ten­tial pro­grams which would see life­guards at in­land wa­ter­ways tri­alled.

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