“Since December 1st, our volunteer lifesavers and lifeguards from the Australian Lifeguard Service have conducted more than 1,760 rescues along our coastline,” said Surf Life Saving NSW Chief Executive Officer. said Steve Pearce,
“There have been 10 coastal drownings over the summer so far, each in an unpatrolled area or away from red and yellow flags.
“As parents, it’s completely understandable to go out of your way to help a child in trouble. Sadly, all too often it ends in tragedy.”
The man’s death follows two similar incidents on NSW beaches in less than three weeks.
New Year’s Day, Lieutenant peter stone died While trying to save my 14-year-old son on the beach near Bogora Head in Narooma on the South Coast of New South Wales.
Stone was swept out to sea and could not come back to life.
On January 3, a 42-year-old man drowned while trying to save his teenage daughter from a rip at Back Beach, north of Forster on the Mid-North Coast of New South Wales.
Members of the public performed CPR on the man until paramedics arrived, but he was unable to revive him.
Experts say a spate of “bystander drownings” — drowning after entering the water to help others — could have been avoided if would-be rescuers had flotation devices.
“These are very stressful moments, but the best thing to do is seek help before entering the water and look around for flotation devices such as boogie boards, eskis and balls,” says Professor Rob Blunder. . A beach safety researcher at the University of New South Wales said:
“Take what’s floating. All the research shows this makes a difference in rescue.”
if you get caught in RIPthe best advice is to stay afloat and wave your arms for help. save energysaid Blunder.please do not panicand if you’re good at swimming away from the shore, try swimming across the current, parallel to the shore or into the crashing waves.
“When you go to the beach, you should stop for a minute and think about beach safety,” said Blunder. “Swim between the flags on patrolled beaches and make sure there is a flotation device nearby.
A report will be prepared for the coroner after Wednesday’s death.
If caught in a rip, Surf Life Saving NSW recommends:
- Stay calm, wave your arms and shout for help.
- Save energy by floating. The current may take you back to the beach or shallow water.
- Escape the current by swimming parallel to the beach or into the breaking waves.
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