Professional lifeguards at East Beach from Boxing Day

Published on 22 December 2017

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Two paid lifeguards will patrol Port Fairy’s popular East Beach from Boxing Day thanks to funding from Moyne Shire.

The red and yellow flags and the professional lifeguards will be in place until 27 January to help protect the many locals and tourists expected to flock to the beach.

Volunteer lifesavers will continue to patrol on weekends and public holidays through to the Easter weekend.

Figures from the latest Victorian Drowning Report, released by Life Saving Victoria at the start of December, show that 32% of drowning deaths in Victoria occurred in a bay, beach or ocean environment.

The employment of lifeguards during the peak summer season is made possible by the co-contributions of local councils and land managers, according to Life Saving Victoria’s Lifeguard Services Manager Briana Newson.

“It’s thanks to the ongoing financial support of councils and land managers that we’re able to maximise the provision of lifesaving services and community safety along the Victoria’s coastline,” she said.

Ms Newson urged beachgoers to swim between the red and yellow flags at patrolled locations wherever possible and learn to spot and avoid rip currents.

“It’s important people realise just how dangerous beaches can be, even on a calm day,” she said.

“If our lifeguards can’t see you, they can’t save you.”

The paid lifeguards will patrol East Beach from 10am to 6pm Monday to Friday, and from 10am to 1pm on Saturdays.

Visit beachsafe.org.au for further information on rip currents or to find a patrolled beach.