Illawarra Newsroom

Illawarra - Surf Lifesavers busy season


Despite the NSW bushfire crisis reducing summer beach attendance and the COVID-19 pandemic bringing an early end to the 2019/20 patrol season, there were a higher than average number of coastal drownings during one of the most unusual patrol seasons on record.

Preliminary patrol statistics show the Illawarra effected 136 rescues, attended to 315 first aid events, effected 4,010 preventions, and our beaches saw 5 drownings.

Kiama SLSC were awarded the 2019/20 SLS NSW Rescue of the month for July/August. 

The 2019/20 Surf Life Saving patrol season was unprecedented in many ways. It will be remembered for the way volunteer surf lifesavers worked alongside other emergency service personnel in response to both the NSW bushfire crisis and the widespread beach closures, caused by the Coronavirus pandemic, which ended the patrol season four weeks early. Tragically, the 2019/20 patrol season will also be remembered for a higher than average number of coastal drownings. 

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