Nationals Senator, Fiona Nash, commended the many life savers who dedicate their summer to protecting lives.
“Thousands of people travel to the coast and other water tourist spots for holidays over the summer holidays making the job for surf life savers challenging,” Senator Nash said.
“These are largely volunteers who are dedicated to creating a safe environment and rescuing lives.”
There were 315 drowning deaths in 2010-11 of which 41 per cent occurred during summer
The largest number of deaths happened in rivers, creeks and streams, followed by the ocean and swimming pools.
“But these figures don’t reflect the thousands of lives saved by the estimated 158,000 volunteer life savers each year,” Senator Nash said.
“Which is why I welcome the Coalition’s recent $10 million commitment to assist surf life saving clubs across Australia to purchase vital rescue equipment.
“It’s in addition to existing funding arrangements to Surf Life Saving Australia, Royal Life Saving Society Australia and AUSTSWIM to help them reduce drowning across the country.”
Senator Nash urged people to exercise care when swimming and make the job of life savers easier.
“I also urge them to spare a thought for these volunteers and appreciate the great work that they do.”