Surf Life Saving NSW has issued a warning ahead of extreme heat conditions over the next few days.
With soaring temperatures and school holidays expected to result in a big spike in beach visitations, surf lifesavers are urging people to play it safe on our beaches and waterways.
The tragic death of a man in the water off Terrigal beach has renewed the calls for people to exercise caution while trying to cool off and beat the heat.
Emergency services were called when a man was spotted waving and yelling for help. He was pulled from the water and CPR attempts were made however the man was unable to be revived.
“We want everyone to have a safe and happy Christmas break and we want to avoid last year’s (2018) terrible summer drowning toll,” said Director of Lifesaving, Joel Wiseman.
“With a heat wave on the way, heat exhaustion is a very real risk and we would urge everyone to ensure that they are drinking plenty of water, reapplying sun-screen regularly, and stay out of the sun during the hottest parts of the day.”
“If you become distressed we advise seeking treatment immediately from a lifesaver or lifeguard and watch out for older people and children in particular,” said Joel Wiseman.
“Leading into Christmas and the New Year, we have a very simple message. Enjoy the water but do so safely by swimming at a patrolled location, wear a lifejacket if boating or rockfishing and always supervise children around water.”
Surf conditions over the next few days are expected to be moderate with waves around 3 to 4 feet.
“Even benign surf conditions should not be underestimated,” said Joel Wiseman. “Hazards such as rip currents are present at beaches most of the time and are the number one cause of coastal drownings each year.”
Source: Surf Life Saving NSW