Swimmers will be safer across the State’s beaches this summer thanks to a new fleet of Surf Life Saving NSW (SLS NSW) jet-skis that will patrol the coastline.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian joined Minister for Emergency Services Troy Grant and Member for Manly James Griffin to unveil the jet-skis at North Steyne Surf Life Saving Club today.
Ms Berejiklian said the 11 new jet-skis – all equipped with rescue sleds – will be deployed across NSW beaches this summer thanks to $220,000 in NSW Government funding.
“The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government is delivering record investments in frontline services. Whether it is our emergency services or the surf lifesavers who patrol our beaches, we are giving them the funding and the very best equipment they need to keep all of us safe,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“Surf Life Saving NSW and our emergency services are working hard to prevent drownings this summer and these new jet-skis will play a key role in preventing more tragedies.”
Mr Grant said the latest resources would significantly bolster the SLS operational fleet - bringing it to 49 jet-skis across NSW.
“SLS NSW began trialing the use of jet skis back in 2002, and they’ve proven to be a great success and been pivotal to thousands of rescues over the years,” Mr Grant said.
“Our lifesavers do a great job keeping swimmers safe across our spectacular beaches each year – and I’m confident this new equipment will only further support those incredible efforts.”
SLS NSW CEO Steve Pearce welcomed the new fleet of jet skis and said it would go a long way in supporting the organisation’s life-saving efforts this summer.
“I thank the Government for their support of our lifesavers across the State who do a wonderful job protecting beach-goers, especially over the warmer months when thousands flock to our world-class coastline,” Mr Pearce said.
“I’d also like to remind everyone to please swim between the red and yellow flags. Many coastal drownings are away from a patrolled location or after patrol hours, so make sure you learn how to spot and avoid rip currents, and don’t overestimate your abilities in the surf.”