Illawarra Newsroom

Lifesavers Standby for Hazardous Surf and Heatwave

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To cap off an extremely challenging year, 2021 will end with a major contrast of weather and surf conditions across the NSW coast.

New Years is a high-risk period for coastal incidents and drownings and Surf Life Saving NSW is reminding people to heed safety warnings around alcohol and swimming or boating, and swimming at unpatrolled locations, where the vast bulk of tragedies occur this time of year.

With warm and sunny weather predicted over the coming days and outdoor, socially distanced activities encouraged in the current COVID-19 climate, Surf Life Saving NSW expects to see large numbers visiting the coastline into the weekend.

As capacity limits have once again been enforced on hospitality venues, many planned New Years Eve and New Years Day gatherings have been severely impacted, forcing patrons to abandon their plans and create their own.

“The New Year period has always been one of the busiest on our beaches, and with many people having to make significant changes to their plans, we are preparing for large crowds along the coastline,” said Surf Life Saving NSW Director of Lifesaving, Joel Wiseman.

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