EIGHT people are swept away by a rip at a popular beach as Surf Life Saving boss warns Aussies are four times more likely to drown today
- Eight people rescued at Bulli beach, NSW
- Four times more likely to drown on Australia Day
Lifesavers are pleading with beachgoers to stay vigilant after eight people were swept away by a rip at a popular beach in New South Wales.
Surf life savers performed a mass rescue at Bulli Beach, north of Wollongong, on Thursday morning.
Surf Life Saving NSW CEO Steve Pearce told Radio 2GB that it came as Australia Day swimmers are four times more likely to drown than on any other day.
Surf Life Savers have rescued eight people at Bulli Beach, NSW, after they were swept away by a rip
More than a million people are expected to flock to the state’s beaches on Australia Da, with figures showing drowning deaths almost double on public holidays and long weekends.
Mr Pearce said Australia day is traditionally one of the deadliest on the water in the calendar year.
‘Research and statistics show us that more than if you go for a swim on Australia day you are four times more likely to drown than on any other day,’ Mr Pearce said.
‘We are throwing so many resources and so many warnings for today.’
Surf Life Saving Australia launched a safety campaign for beachgoers on Wednesday urging swimmers to look for rips before entering the water.
‘One in three people rarely or never look for rip currents before swimming,’ Surf Life Saving Australia wrote.
‘This summer it is vital to take a second and STOP, LOOK and PLAN before entering the water.’
‘Stop and check for rips, look for other dangers and plan how to stay safe.’
More to come.