Desperate plea to Aussies to be careful when swimming in summer after SIX people drowned in the first three days of 2022
- Beach goers were urged to be careful after drowning six days in 3 days
- In 2022, half a dozen people have lost their lives in dangerous conditions
- Wild waves have been seen on beaches along Australia’s east coast
Lifesavers are asking beach goers to stay vigilant after six drowning deaths in the first three days of the new year.
Since the beginning of summer on December 1, there have been 20 drowning deaths on coastal waterways, four more than at the same time last year and already more than the 10-year average of 16.
The figure does not include the deaths of a two-year-old girl who drowned in a park pond in Melbourne during the pre-Christmas period and of a three-year-old at Lake Macquarie on Christmas Day.
Amy Staunton, 17, (pictured) plunged into South Australia’s Murray River a few hours before midnight on New Year’s Eve, causing an extensive search for air, land and water
Surf Life Saving Australia CEO Adam Weir said people should take simple precautions like swimming on guarded beaches, wearing a life jacket while rock fishing or boating, and supervising children in, in and around the water.
Sports Minister Richard Colbeck urged Australians not to become complacent after the recent series of drowning tragedies.
He said the incidents were an important reminder to watch out for loved ones, read safety signs, swim among flags, and follow life-savers’ advice.
“Tragedy can develop in seconds,” he said.
“Can I urge Australians everywhere – families on vacation or friends catching up after a difficult period – be ignorant of the dangers.”
Amy’s body was discovered 17 hours after her fall south of Swan Reach, South Australia, after police rescue workers with the help of helicopters and state emergency services were unable to locate the teenager on Friday (pictured is the area where Amy was missing).
It pays homage to the 17-year-old girl who drowned in a river after falling from a barge, describing a “lively” teenager with an infectious smile.
Amy Staunton plunged into the Murray River a few hours before midnight on New Year’s Eve, causing an air, land and water search.
Her body was discovered 17 hours after her fall south of Swan Reach, South Australia, after police rescue workers with the help of helicopters and state ambulance services were unable to find the teenager on Friday.
Amy was remembered by those closest to her as a “beautiful young lady” who always wore a bright smile on her face, especially for her beloved horses.
A father died on New Years Day rescuing his son after falling in Wappa Falls (pictured, lifesaver at the scene)