NSRI are appealing to bathers, boaters, paddlers, sailors, anglers and coastal hikers to be cautious around the coastline as the full moon Spring tide increases toward the peak of Spring tide – peaks on Wednesday, 27 December - during this full moon Spring tide phase lasting into the new year may contribute to stronger than normal rip currents around the coastline.
Public at beaches and along the coastline will experience the 2 daily high tides which will noticeably be higher than normal and the 2 daily low tides which will noticeably be lower than normal and stronger than normal rip currents will occur at places around the coastline.
Swim at beaches protected by lifeguards.
Inland water users are also urged to be cautious - although not affected by Spring tide on inland waters - the increase in water related emergencies is of concern and we are appealing to everyone in and around coastal and inland waterways to have safety top of mind.
The NSRI pink rescue buoys stationed around South Africa on coastal and inland waters are proving beyond any doubt their value to aid bathers who get into difficulty.
NSRI pink rescue buoys are now responsible for contributing to 176 lives saved around the coastline (that we know of) after 4 incidents over the past 2 days – at Jeffreys Bay, Mossel Bay and Kleinmond, has seen a further 7 bathers lives saved in bystander Good Samaritan rescues with the aid of the NSRI pink rescue buoys.
All in water rescues have been successful and no harm has come to any of the rescuers who have used an NSRI pink rescue buoy to help someone in distress and in danger of drowning.
We are appealing to everyone to be safe during this time - Lets Keep each other Safe.
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