Surf Life Saving season has come to a close

Breakfast 02/04/2018
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Surf Life Saving New Zealand is celebrating another successful summer of saving lives as the season officially comes to a close this long weekend.  

Easter traditionally marks the end of the Surf Life Saving patrol season which began at Labour Weekend and saw 74 clubs patrolling 92 locations nationwide.

Allan Mundy, Surf Life Saving New Zealand’s Lifesaving and Education Manager, joined Tony Murrell on Easter Breakfast.

Mr Mundy says that it has been a very busy summer.

“Right across the board our rescues are up, all our preventative work has been up, and I think that’s a good reflection too of just how good the summer has been.”

Surf Life Saving New Zealand records both ‘rescues’ which involves saving someone from a life-threatening situation, as well as ‘assists’ which involve removing swimmers from dangerous situations.

Surf Life Saving relies heavily on donations and support from the community to keep their services going. This year services have expanded to 92 locations across New Zealand, 82 at the same time last year.

There have been no drownings between the Surf Life Saving flags this year, and Mr Mundy says that public education is hugely important in keeping people safe at the beach.

“If you can see flags you’re going to be safe, and swim between the flags. If you’re not sure of the conditions, think twice.”

Mr Mundy suggests that although the Surf Life Saving New Zealand teams wont be on active patrol they will still be around. If you see someone in trouble in the water over winter call 111 and ask for the police, they will instigate a search and rescue response.

Listen to the full interview with Allan Mundy above.

Easter Breakfast with Tony Murrell, on RadioLIVE, and streaming live to the Rova app on Android and iPhone.