Heavy rain and gale force winds are expected as another front arrives at the Cape and spreads up the coast and inland tomorrow, Tuesday 14 August 2012.
Sea Rescue’s WaterWise Academy encourages parents to know where their children are at all times.
With the predicted rain, children should be told not to play near rivers and dams that may already be swollen. Their water levels may quickly rise further, without warning.
It is wise not to try and cross rivers that are in flood, rather wait for the water to subside. If there is any doubt about the safety of a situation rather be cautious and turn back.
With the predicted front arriving the sea will become rougher. Big waves could catch children who are playing on the beach or rocks by surprise.
Children should be taught not to turn their backs on the sea and never to go down to the beach alone. Always look carefully at the beach, and especially the rocks, that you intend to go to. If the tide is coming in, the waves will come further onto the shore and could cut children off from the mainland or could wash them into the sea.
IN AN EMERGENCY:
Everyone living along the coast or visiting the coast should find out what their nearest Sea Rescue emergency telephone number is. Click here for NSRI emergency numbers.
A very important emergency phone number to store in your phone is 10177 … the national emergency ambulance and rescue contact number. It should only be used to report a real emergency. It can be called from a cell phone or landline.
An emergency number that is a free call from a cell phone is 112.
* NSRI’s WaterWise Academy, proudly sponsored by Transnet National Port Authority, is the educational arm of the National Sea Rescue Institute, with a vision to proactively prevent drowning tragedies.
Our primary focus is on children between the ages of 9 and 14 from underprivileged communities, as they are most at risk of drowning. (Medical Research Council). Our aim is to make youngsters aware of the dangers around water and to give them hands-on practical experience on how to act in an emergency, who to call for help and what to do while they wait for help to arrive.