Parents and guardians are being urged to
make sure that children do not play unsupervised on beaches or near waterways.
The plea comes following a recent incident
in which youngsters aged about 4, 7 and eleven were found playing near the
north wall on Park Beach unaccompanied by any adults. Lifeguards patrolling the
beach were alerted by passers-by and made sure the children returned home
“Beaches and waterways can be very
dangerous places for children if they are not being supervised,” said Council’s
Lifeguard Coordinator Greg Hackfath.
“Luckily for these kids, Park Beach is
patrolled all year round so we could make sure they got home safely.
“But we’d urge all parents and guardians to
make sure they keep a close eye on children near water at all times – and teach
them not to wander near waterways or the ocean alone.”
Council's Lifeguards say:
swim alone or surf at beaches not patrolled by Lifeguards or Lifesavers.
bathe outside the red and yellow flags that mark the supervised swimming
bathe directly after a meal or under the influence of alcohol.
bathe when the beach is closed. (Observe the visual signal "Warning -
Swimming Not Advised).
bathe when there are no flags in position.
caught in a rip current, raise one hand and call for help, float with the
current, relax and conserve energy.
struggle if seized with a cramp. Raise one arm for help, float and keep the
affected part of the body perfectly still.
bathe if unsure of the conditions. Seek the advice of the nearest Lifeguard or
For information on all Coffs Harbour’s
patrolled beaches and patrol times, go to www.coffsharbour.nsw.gov.au./beachpatrols or follow the
Lifeguards on Twitter