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Stay safe in and near the water

18 September 2020

With the beaches having re-opened and the weather warming up, Kouga Municipality would like to encourage the general public to be water wise when enjoying their time at the region's beautiful beaches and other water bodies.  

"Drowning is one of the top ten causes leading to death in the world," said Kouga Community Services Portfolio Councillor, Daniel Benson. 

"With spring having arrived and COVID-19 restrictions having been eased, our beaches and riversides are once again filling up with visitors. We want to urge everyone to exercise caution when enjoying their freedom and enjoying the water, especially as lifeguards are not yet on duty."

He appealed to parents and guardians not to leave children unattended in and around the water. 

"It can take as little as 20 seconds for a young child to drown," he cautioned. 

"It is, therefore, important that children are supervised when playing at the beach or lagoons."

He emphasized that caution was just as important at lagoons.

"Do not be misled by their flat and calm appearance, as this gives a false impression of safety," he said. 

He further urged children and adults not to attempt recovering a ball or any floating device that is being swept out to sea. 

"It is most likely being swept away by a rip current or blown by a strong Westly wind. Trying to retrieve it is not worth it - your life is way more important and can never be replaced or bought."

Kouga Tourism Portfolio Councillor, Frances Baxter, said the opening up of the beaches and Tourism sector was good news for the region's economy. 

"We look forward to welcoming tourists back and would like to invite everyone to enjoy our beaches.