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Meet the Men and Women Keeping You Safe This Summer

By Randwick City Council on September 22, 2011 in News

Photo: Randwick City Council

They’re the everyday men and women charged with keeping millions of beachgoers safe this summer.

Meet Randwick City Council’s 26 beach lifeguards who patrol Clovelly, Coogee and Maroubra beaches with the help of volunteer lifesavers.

The professional Randwick Council lifeguards are expected to be kept busy with another hot summer on the way.

Last summer the lifeguards rescued 344 people, treated 3,300 people for first aid and moved 9,500 people out of dangerous areas.

There were 308 rescues at Maroubra beach, 12 at Coogee beach and 24 at Clovelly beach.

Randwick Mayor Murray Matson urged people to enjoy our beautiful beaches safely.

“You can never take the sea for granted. Make sure you swim between the flags, avoid swimming alone and swim at patrolled beaches.

“Lifeguards patrol Coogee and Maroubra beaches from 7am to 7pm during daylight saving and Clovelly from 8am to 6pm. Volunteer life savers also do a fantastic job patrolling during the busy weekend and school holiday periods.

“Maroubra beach is one of Sydney’s most dangerous beaches with changing currents and strong rips. Two people drowned at Maroubra Beach last season and both were swimming outside of patrol hours or outside the flags.

“If you’re not a strong swimmer, it’s best to head to Coogee or Clovelly where the conditions are generally safer.”