Lifeguards extend cover over peak period

Declan BushAugusta Margaret River Times
Lifeguards Dave Alp and Jerome Forrest will keep watch at the Rivermouth during summer.
Camera IconLifeguards Dave Alp and Jerome Forrest will keep watch at the Rivermouth during summer. Credit: Declan Bush

Lifeguards will start watch early at Rivermouth Beach from this weekend, with extra hours during the busy peak season.

David Alp, Mick Short and champion surfer Jerome Forrest will watch the beach from 9am to 5pm until January 3, and from 10am to 5pm for the rest of summer.

Shire recreation services manager Dylan Brown said the lifeguards had already carried out two rescues since starting watch last Saturday.

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Mr Alp said residents should be mindful of rips, the size of the swell and sun protection.

He said residents should not hesitate to ask the lifeguards for advice.

“We’re super friendly — if they have any questions about anything, feel free to ask,” he said.

Shire corporate and community services director Annie Riordan said the lifeguards could extend their watch on weekends and public holidays, depending on conditions.

Last week, the Times reported a rise in the number of rescues performed by local surfers who said lifeguards were needed on beaches not under the Shire’s control.

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