Swimmers urged to be extra vigilant

22 December 2013 2:03 AM

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Saturday 21 December 2013 16:15

Thousands will make use of the ocean, rivers, swimming pools and dams across the country to cool down and have fun. But with this comes a word of caution from the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI), which is to be vigilant.

The NSRI says it has 940 volunteers across the country who will be on high alert to assist people in trouble at sea.

NSRI Spokesperson, Craig Lambinon says: "We're in the spring tide, meaning higher than normal high tide, and lower than normal low tide and much stronger than normal rip currents that will last into next week. It happens every month at full moon and again at new moon. We’re asking people to be especially cautious over this weekend and for the next few days because of these stronger than normal rip currents."

The NSRI also says it's best to swim when lifeguards are on duty. They have also urged people to make use of their website: www.nsri.org.za for all information pertaining to safe water use. Earlier this week, three people, including a 10-year-old girl, died in hospital after being swept out from the sea by a rip current at Knysna.

Source: sabc.co.za

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