NSRI encourages safety on beaches

NSRI says it will be guarding SA's beaches around the clock during the festive season.

Durban beachfront. Picture: sxc.hu

JOHANNESBURG - The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) at the weekend said they will guard beaches around the clock because of the high influx of visitors to the coastal regions of South Africa.

People have been urged to take necessary precautions and to also follow beach rules.

The NSRI's Craig Lambinon said people need to look after their kids and belongings at all times.

"Children should have responsible adult supervision and not only on the coast but around swimming pools as well."

Lambinon added that the beach rules are there to keep people safe.

"We're urging the public to obey all beach rules and go to beaches where there are visible lifeguards on duty."

Meanwhile the NSRI has also urged people who are going to be spending time on the coast to always wear their life jackets even just as a safety precaution.

Thousands of people are already packing up beaches in Durban.

Lambinon also asked that people communicate with life guards if they need any assistance.


Festive Season Management Committee (FESMAC) confirmed all Durban beaches were now open after a number of beach areas were closed off due to heavy rains two weeks ago.