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CT beachgoers urged to heed alcohol ban

Since 1 December more than 600 litres of liquor has been seized from those disobeying the regulation.

FILE: Cape Town beachgoers have been urged to refrain from taking alcohol to the city's beaches. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The city of Cape Town bosses say beachgoers aren't heeding calls not to take alcohol to the beaches.

They are warning law enforcement authorities will confiscate alcohol.

Since 1 December more than 600 litres of liquor has been seized from those disobeying the regulation.

The city's JP Smith says, "We will have to carry on with the enforcement which will step up between now and New Year, especially on the big public holidays.

"Christmas day, Day of Goodwill and of course New Year."

Meanwhile, the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) says while holidaymakers are flocking to beaches, strong rip currents are prevailing due to the spring tide this weekend.

Last week three girls aged between 10 and 13 drowned at Leisure Isle in Knysna which is a lagoon known for its strong currents.

A father and son also drowned after they were swept out to sea while crayfishing in shallow waters in Pringle Bay near Gordon's Bay last week.

The NSRI'S Craig Lambinon says, "We do remain now in the full moon spring tide, this will go on until the early part of next week. We are urging the public to exercise extreme caution around the coast.

"You can expect higher than normal high tides, lower than normal low tides, and stronger than normal rip currents."

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