Few dramas at local beaches during holidays

DESPITE Friday’s drowning at Burrill Lake, local beaches this month has been relatively quiet.

From December 1 to January 5 Shoalhaven Heads Surf Lifesaving Club has had three first aid encounters and the Nowra Culburra Surf Lifesaving Club has had two rescues, three first aid situations, at one of which an ambulance attended the scene for a dislocated shoulder.

NSW Surf Lifesaving media and communications coordinator said these statistics were very low for this time of year.

“This can be blamed on the small and safe surf conditions as well as below average temperatures and rain during the busy Christmas to new year’s period,” he said.

Surf Lifesaving South Coast branch director Glenn Matthews said it has been quiet this last month with few sightings of stingers but asked people to continue to remember safe beach practices.

“The message to remember is to swim between the flags of patrolled beaches and learn to identify beach conditions such as rips and currents,” Mr Matthews said. 

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