WA lifesaving body takes over beaches

Augusta Margaret River Times
The Westpac rescue chopper will support new Rivermouth beach patrols, now carried out by Surf Life Saving WA.
Camera IconThe Westpac rescue chopper will support new Rivermouth beach patrols, now carried out by Surf Life Saving WA.

Surf Life Saving WA has taken over the safety of local beachgoers, with patrols starting last Friday at the river mouth, backed up by ongoing helicopter beach patrols.

The new service will see lifeguards on patrol seven days a week from 10am to 5pm, throughout summer and ending on April 30.

SLSWA general manager of lifesaving Chris Peck said the organisation was delighted to be awarded the contract.

“As the largest provider of professional lifeguard services in WA, it means the local community and visitors to the popular beach receive a seamless and integrated beach safety service with the consistent application of standards, procedures and equipment,” he said.

The move coincides with the growth of Margaret River’s own junior lifesaving club, supported by the State body to build momentum towards a club house in the next few years.

Mr Peck said SLSWA patrols would help with co-ordination of rescues across the Capes by the Busselton-based rescue helicopter and local emergency response jet-ski teams.

Shire recreation services manager Dylan Brown, who previously oversaw the program, said he looked forward to having SLSWA on board for the busy summer.

“The beach is a great place to recreate and enjoy water activities such as swimming, snorkelling, surfing, fishing, diving and paddling,” he said

“While it can be a great place to create many happy memories, the ocean environment does come with some risks.

“We urge beachgoers to please heed their advice, swim between the flags, surf outside of the flags and refrain from drinking alcohol before entering the water.”

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