Over 200 incidents occurred in the water off NSW beaches over the weekend, including an incredible 56 rescues at Soldiers Beach on the Central Coast in just one day – Sunday.
Surf lifesavers around the state were kept on their toes on the opening weekend of summer as they battled stifling conditions on Sunday with thousands descending on the ocean as a means of cooling off.
The 2018/19 Patrol Season officially got underway in late September and as the mercury steadily rose throughout spring, lifesavers began to anticipate a busy start to summer.
Those predictions proved eerily accurate last weekend as the frontline volunteers became involved in 232 rescues across the state; the most recorded this season so far.
The majority of these incidents occurred at beaches on the Central Coast, Sydney Northern Beaches and Sydney Branch areas with the rescue logs detailing 89, 43, and 77 rescues respectively.
At Soldiers Beach, an incredible 56 rescues took place on Sunday, while other busy beaches included 41 at Sydney’s iconic Bondi Beach, and 16 at Newport on the Northern Beaches throughout the weekend.
Additionally the State Operations Centre were tasked to 8 incidents, while ambulances were dispatched to 23 incidents.
Unfortunately there were a number of tragic incidents that marred the weekend.
Sadly, despite the best efforts of emergency services, a man couldn’t be revived after getting into difficulty while swimming at the Colo River in Northwest Sydney.
Two young children were rushed to hospital on Sunday after they were pulled from the water at Narrabeen Lake.
SLSNSW CEO, Steven Pearce, said the near-fatal accident was a timely reminder of the importance of watching children near water.
“Regardless of whether you are at a beach, swimming in a river, or splashing around a backyard pool it’s incredibly important to keep an eye on young children as accidents can happen so quickly.
“With the hot conditions expected to continue well into the new-year our volunteer surf lifesavers will be on patrol each weekend ready to respond to any emergency situation,” Mr Pearce said.