There have been two call-outs – yesterday and today – for the Coast Guard to rescue swimmers in Myrtleville. We have been contacted and asked to make it very clear that while the emergency services are always available to help, each person must make every effort not to create unnecessary emergencies. The rescuers are also being placed at risk by bad individual decision making.
Every swimmer must swim only within their own abilities. If that is five or ten metres off the beach – that’s still sea swimming. You do not need to go out even to Buoy One or out of your depth. You should not get into the water or swim any distance simply because someone else is already in there or because you are with others who are going in.
Each individual swimmer has to take personal responsibility for their own safety and be aware that your actions can cause yourself and others to be put in danger. If you are in any way unsure of your ability to safely complete a swim – do not attempt the swim. Be honest with yourself. Make decisions that are safe for you and do not feel pressurised just because others are doing any particular swim distance.
SWIM SAFELY – WHICH CAN MEAN “JUST DON’T SWIM”.