Stay safe around wa­ter­ways

The Cobram Courier - - NEWS -

As sum­mer warms up, NSW Mem­ber for Mur­ray Austin Evans is urg­ing com­mu­nity mem­bers to stay safe in and around the wa­ter, as the NSW Gov­ern­ment launches its 2018 wa­ter safety ad­ver­tis­ing cam­paign.

‘‘Last sum­mer, 36 peo­ple trag­i­cally drowned in NSW wa­ter­ways, and seven of those were be­tween Christ­mas and Jan­uary 2, 2018,’’ he said.

‘‘While this is an im­prove­ment on the 2016-17 sum­mer, we want ev­ery­one to re­turn home safely from their day at the beach, river or pool.

‘‘Each year, men aged be­tween 18 and 24 are over­rep­re­sented in our state’s drown­ing deaths and I am urg­ing them to swim be­tween the flags, look out for their mates and don’t drink al­co­hol or take drugs be­fore swim­ming.’’

Based on the find­ings of a Royal Life Sav­ing NSW re­port, the Be Wa­ter Safe, Not Sorry cam­paign aimed to drive home the very real risks as­so­ci­ated with wa­ter and ed­u­cate peo­ple on what they can do to stay safe, in­clud­ing: ● swim at pa­trolled beaches where pos­si­ble — no flags means no life­savers; ● stay sober — don’t drink or take drugs and then go swim­ming; and ● al­ways su­per­vise small chil­dren in or near wa­ter — don’t let phones or house­hold jobs dis­tract you.

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