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BCMM cautions swimmers

BCMM cautions swimmers

The Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality has noted with concern the incidents of drownings with the latest being a 19-year-old boy in Nahoon Beach.


Thus far the has been a lot of minor rescues with two major rescues requiring resuscitation. The two other drownings have occurred were during times that lifeguards were off duty.

The Municipality is calling on people to always swim on beach patrolled areas designated for lifeguards supervision.

 

The Municipality has we have employed a total of 36 life guards who will be operating between 07:00-18:00. Additional safety efforts will be made for the New Year weekend including a Joint Operations Centre that will be stationed along the Esplanade.

 

The Municipality is advising beach goers of the following precautions when it comes to going to the beach and swimming:

1. Always swim or surf at a beach patrolled by surf lifesavers or lifeguards.

2. Swim between the red and yellow flags. These mark the safest areas to swim.

3. Avoid swimming alone or unsupervised.

4. Float with a rip current. Do not swim against it.

5. If you get into difficulty, try and stay calm, float and raise one arm until help arrives.

6. Don't run and dive into the water, even if you checked for hazards earlier. Conditions can change.

7. Don't swim directly after a meal.

8. Don't swim under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

9. If you are unsure of the conditions, ask a surf lifesaver or lifeguard.

10. Read the signs. If a beach is closed don't swim there.

11. Don't drink and swim or drive motor boats. Alcohol dulls the senses, slows the reactions and can cause irresponsible behaviour.

12. Know how to do CPR or how to blow air into another person's lungs until help arrives.

13. Don't dive from tidal pool walls, as this has been known to result in spinal injuries.

14. Pools provide a safer option to swim in than the oceans, as the currents are kept at bay. Do not take out small or unstable boats far from shore in choppy water or stormy weather.




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