Beware of rough seas this Easter weekend: NSRI

19 April 2019 - 13:21 By Nomahlubi Jordaan
The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) has warned swimmers and anglers to be cautious in and near the sea during the current full-moon spring tide.
The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) has warned swimmers and anglers to be cautious in and near the sea during the current full-moon spring tide.
Image: Flickr/NSRI

If you are planning to swim in the sea this Easter, be careful: there is a chance of higher than normal tides.

"The full-moon spring tide peaks on Friday and the spring tide effect, a higher than normal high tide and a lower than normal low tide, will be in effect throughout the long weekend and last up to towards the end of next week," said National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) spokesperson Craig Lambinon.

He warned anglers fishing from rocks to be cautious, saying they should never turn their backs to the sea when climbing on rocks or fishing from them.

"We urge the public to adopt a safety-conscious mindset around coastal and inland waters.

"Our rule number one, for a safe experience at the beach, is to choose a beach that has lifeguards on duty and to swim between their flags," Lambinon said.

Here are some of the safety tips from the NSRI:

  • Swim at beaches where and when lifeguards are on duty;
  • Swim between the lifeguards' flags;
  • Don't drink and swim;
  • Don't swim alone;
  • Adult supervision and barriers to water are vital; and
  • Know how to survive rip currents, and
  • Don't attempt a rescue yourself.

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