MEDIA RELEASE – Lowering of the Red and Yellow Flags
Sunday 29 April 2018 marks the end of the beach season as volunteer surf lifesavers will pull the iconic red and yellow flags down for the last time this season across Central Coast beaches.
It’s been another huge beach season with over 1.3 million people recorded visiting the fifteen patrolled locations on the Central Coast on weekends and public holidays.
So far a remarkable 440 lives have been saved by volunteer Surf Life Savers on the Central Coast who have once again devoted their weekends to keeping the community safe at local beaches.
In addition to this, the guardians of the surf prevented a further 17,459 people from getting into difficulty and administered first aid to 1,646 people in need.
Surf Life Saving Central Coast President, Stuart Harvey, praised the Surf Lifesavers from the fifteen Central Coast surf clubs for their efforts in continuing the proud tradition of the association.
“I couldn’t be prouder of the professional services our amazing volunteers provided to the community this year.”
“In total our lifesavers volunteered over 100,000 patrol hours protecting the community and their efforts have been outstanding in keeping such a huge number of people safe while enjoying our beaches.”
“Many of the rescues our members made this year are nothing less than heroic and in some cases our members even put their own lives in danger to save another. Could you imagine how many people would drown each season without our lifesavers protection?”
“Our service continues to grow from strength to strength and all clubs and members have made an enormous contribution to continue our fine tradition of providing the highest standard rescue services possible. I can’t thank them enough for their ongoing contribution to the Central Coast community.”
The Central Coast Beaches will be unpatrolled from Monday 30 April until the flags raised again on Saturday 29 September 2018.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT;
CHRIS PARKER (CEO) – 0438 168 214
STUART HARVEY (PRESIDENT) – 0438 422 659