Life Saving Victoria is extending its lifeguard services past Australia Day for the first time, adding an extra level of protection for beachgoers during the last week of the Victorian school holidays.
“The extended forecast is for warm weather, perfect for beachgoing,” says Kane Treloar, LSV’s Acting Operations Manager. “We continue to push our safety messages for the public to take personal responsibility, but also feel there’s the need for extra services in light of the 20 drowning deaths we’ve had this summer.”
So far this summer (1 December 2018 – 26 January 2019), 160 people have been rescued by lifeguard services, which complement the volunteer lifesavers on patrol across 57 clubs in Victoria. Lifeguards also undertook more than 60,000 preventive actions over the period, as a proactive measure against rescues and drownings.
The lifeguard service will operate at the following locations until 3rd February, providing an option for patrolled beach locations across many regions:
- St Kilda
- Ocean Grove
- Cosy Corner (Torquay)
- Smith’s Beach (Phillip Island)
- Woolamai Beach
The RWC (jetski) lifeguard service will also be operating in the following regions:
- Geelong (Pt Lonsdale to Torquay)
- Surf Coast East (Torquay to Anglesea)
- Port Phillip (Altona to Brighton)
- Kingston (Mordialloc to Frankston)
There will also be air patrols by the Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter.
Find a patrolled beach by visiting www.beachsafe.org.au.
Photo courtesy of the Herald Sun.