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Water safety alert after 10 drownings this year alert

TEN people have already drowned this year and more than one-third occurred more than 50km from their home, prompting an urgent warning from Royal Life Saving as people plan post-pandemic reunions away from home with family and friends.

Royal Life Saving is urging everyone to enjoy themselves, but to prepare and brush up on safety precautions, especially in new locations.
Unfamiliar swimming areas, boating and fishing spots increase the risk of drowning. Sandbars, rips, unpredictable currents, debris below the water surface and swiftly changing local conditions are all often well-known to locals, but harder to spot by visitors.
The best thing parents and carers can do to protect children is to make sure they are always within arm’s reach when you are in the water.
Royal Life Saving’s top five tips to enjoy the water safely are: Always supervise children around water; avoid alcohol around water; wear a lifejacket when boating and fishing; avoid going alone; and know the conditions.

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