NSW surf patrol season kicks off

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NSW Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Stuart Ayres, has officially launched the 2014/15 NSW Surf Life Saving patrol season at North Steyne Surf Life Saving Club on Manly Beach.

From this Saturday, over 21,000 volunteer surf lifesavers will hit beaches across the state, patrolling on weekends and public holidays through until the end of April 2015.

“In the last 12 months, members of Surf Life Saving NSW rescued almost 4500 people from the water across NSW,” Ayres said.

“Such a figures goes to show volunteer surf life savers are an essential part of our community, who selflessly dedicate their lives to assisting others on a daily basis.

“Going to the beach is part of the Aussie way of life, and we’re thankful to know Surf Life Saving NSW is looking out for all of us and ready to help at a moment’s notice,” Ayres added.

Surf Life Saving NSW continues to show its strength within the community with close to 76,000 passionate volunteers forming a network of 129 surf clubs across the state. This includes close to 30,000 nippers ensuring the future of surf life saving in NSW remains strong.

Surf Life Saving NSW President, Tony Haven, said that the movement continues to go from strength to strength on the back of the thousands of volunteers who dedicate their time and energy to Surf Lifesaving.

“This year our lifesavers will once again spend in excess of 664,000 voluntary hours patrolling beaches along the state’s coastline. This enormous contribution will continue to help create a safer swimming environment for beachgoers as it has done for over 100 years,” Mr Haven said.

With last season’s NSW coastal drowning toll at 27, Surf Life Saving NSW is urging beachgoers to continue to swim at patrolled locations in between the red and yellow flags.

The volunteer patrol season ends on Sunday 26 April 2015.

Key Lifesaving Statistics for the 2013/14 Season:

  • Rescues – 4433
  • Preventative Actions – 150,921
  • First Aid – 5995
  • Emergency Call Outs – 469
  • Coastal Drownings – 27

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