Lifeguards return to patrol at Cable Beach

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Lifeguards returned for patrols at the world-famous Cable Beach last week, ahead of an expected busy dry season.

Those manning lifeguard patrols are stationed between the designated swimming area flags from 9am to 4.30pm until the end of October.

Volunteers will also assist the lifeguards between May and October by running patrols on Sundays from 8.30am to 4.30pm.

Ric Cockman is captaining the patrols throughout the season and said though the lifeguards enjoyed the weather and meeting beachgoers from around the world, they knew they had a job to do.

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“We’ve been looking forward to patrolling this dry season for a long time now,” he said.

“Cable Beach is extremely busy during the dry season and we will monitor the flagged area heavily and provide knowledge about the surf and beach conditions.

“We will be here if something goes wrong.”

The need for lifeguards in the area is reflected in statistics provided by Shire of Broome manager of sport and recreation Casey Zepnick.

“During the 2016 season, statistics show more than 126,000 people visited Cable Beach,” he said.

“Lifeguards performed 12 rescues, attended one major first aid incident and 219 minor first aid incidents.

“(They) carried out more than 6650 preventative actions including warning swimmers, surfers and other beachgoers of rips, rocks and other hazards, and undertaking net drags for marine stingers twice a day.”

Beachgoers are advised to follow lifeguards’ instructions and pay attention to warning signs at all times.

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