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Vital safety tips after spike in drowning, rescues

EVERYONE heading out to enjoy the water is being urged to be extra careful after several drownings and rescues this year.

Marine Area Commander Superintendent Murray Reynolds says police will continue to do everything in their power to keep people safe on the water, but the community can also do its bit.
“We’re asking the community to help us keep you safe, always assess the environment and take simple precautions to prevent tragedy,” Supt Reynolds said.
“The most difficult part of our work is when someone dies or is seriously injured and we know it could have been prevented.”
He said remember these simple tips: If you cannot swim, do not go into the water; Only swim in waterways that are patrolled – swim between the red and yellow flags and always listen to advice from lifeguards; Wear a life jacket, whether you are on a boat or out fishing; and Be aware of all conditions – water conditions and the weather are unpredictable. Be mindful of rips and changes and do not swim at night.

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