Bea­con’s aim to save lives

Tweed Daily News - - NEWS | POLICE AND COURT - Rick Koenig rick.koenig@tweed­dai­lynews.com.au

A SO­LAR-POW­ERED emer­gency bea­con with a re­mote-con­trolled cam­era will be in­stalled at deadly Dream­time Beach this week in a bid to save swim­mers from drown­ing.

Tweed MP Ge­off Provest told the Tweed Daily News the new $27,000 bea­con had been tri­alled in Queens­land and would be per­ma­nently in­stalled at the beach.

“It will be lo­cated on the beach 24/7 and have a cam­era op­er­ated by surf res­cue, so if some­one is swept out to sea they can fo­cus on that per­son,” he said.

“You can press a but­ton and speak to surf res­cue and while talk­ing to the per­son they can see the in­ci­dent they’re de­scrib­ing.

“It greatly en­hances the res­cue.”

But Mr Provest said the beach would re­main un­pa­trolled and the de­vice would not “make the beach any safer”.

“The im­por­tant thing is it doesn’t make the beach any safer, it’s un­pa­trolled and has dan­ger­ous rips,” he said.

He said two sim­i­lar safety cam­eras in­stalled at the Tweed bar and the creek at Kingscliff had been van­dalised in a week, likely due to pri­vacy con­cerns.

“It’s a safety de­vice and it’s not go­ing to spy on peo­ple at the beach,” he said.

PHOTO: SUP­PLIED

SAFETY MEA­SURE: Tem­po­rary ver­sions of the Dream­time emer­gency bea­con were orig­i­nally tri­alled in Queens­land.

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