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Thursday, 28 March 2013
SEA RESCUE – NATIONAL – Wednesday, 27th March, 2013. Essential water safety tips for Easter Weekend
This months second Spring Tide peaked with last nights full moon (Full Moon - 26th March).
The effects of this Spring Tide will be felt around the coast from now until after the long weekend (Easter Weekend).
Bathers are urged to exercise caution in the surf because rip currents will be at their strongest until after Easter Weekend.
NSRI urge parents to ensure that their children have responsible adult supervision around all water over Easter Weekend including at Swimming Pools, Dams, Lakes, Rivers, at the Coast and even at small pools of water.
Anyone launching any kind of craft onto water must let a responsible person know the time that they are leaving, their exact route and their return time. Stick to the plan and let the responsible person know of your safe return. (If you are overdue then the responsible person should let rescue authorities know immediately).
Also wear your life-jacket at all times on water and carry safety equipment – Red Distress Flares, a Signaling Mirror, a waterproof Torch, a Referee Whistle, A Cellphone or Radio (in water tight sleeves) and know how to use your safety equipment.
Everyone living along the coast and everyone visiting the coast over Easter weekend should find out what their nearest direct sea rescue emergency number is (depending on where they are on the coast) - Find out what your nearest direct sea rescue emergency number is by visiting our website at www.nsri.org.za.
To report a sea rescue emergency call the NSRI sea rescue emergency number and call 10177 (National Ambulance and Rescue) and call 10111 (Police). In a sea rescue emergency seconds could mean the difference between life and death.
NSRI have rescue stations around the South African coastline and at the Hartbeespoort Dam, the Vaal Dam and at Victoria Lake in Germiston.
Sea Rescue Communications