Beaches have closed across much of the state today with poor air quality, low visibility and smoke haze from bushfires impacting patrols, Life Saving Victoria advised today.
The closures follow local appraisals that indicate poor air quality and poor visibility at patrolled beaches will impact the ability of patrols to guarantee public safety in the water.
As at 4.01pm on Monday 6 January, 2020, Life Saving Victoria has closed beaches at the following locations due to low visibility, poor air and water quality:
- 13th beach
- Eastern Beach (Lakes Entrance)
- Lakes Entrance
- Ocean Grove
- Point Lonsdale
- Point Leo
- St Kilda
In east Victoria, lifesaving services, including volunteer and lifeguard patrols, remain suspended at Mallacoota due to fire conditions.
Victorians are advised that beaches across the state will open and close throughout coming days to align with conditions.
To make sure you are aware of the risks and dangers of Victorian beaches you are visiting, swim between the red and yellow flags wherever possible, never swim alone, know your abilities and always stay across the conditions by visiting beachsafe.org.au, bom.gov.au and www.emergency.vic.gov.au/