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Urgent water safety warning for AFL Grand Final long weekend from Life Saving Victoria
Drowning risk surges by 68%. Prioritising water safety is crucial due to the perilous mix of alcohol and water. Wearing life jackets when boating or fishing is vital to avert tragedies.
Life Saving Victoria (LSV) is issuing an urgent water safety warning ahead of the AFL Grand Final long weekend, with Victorians' likelihood of drowning increasing by 68 per cent on a public holiday. This, paired with warming spring temperatures and the risks associated with drinking alcohol before and during water-based activities, has LSV deeply concerned that this weekend could be a high-risk period.
Life Saving Victoria (LSV) warns of a 68% higher drowning risk on the AFL Grand Final long weekend due to warmer weather and alcohol-related dangers during water activities
Water safety reminder
LSV general manager lifesaving services Liam Krige reminded Victorians that while the long weekend is a time to relax and celebrate with friends, it is imperative to never drop the ball on water safety. "Whether you're watching the big game, or using the long weekend to get away with the family, we want everyone to return home safely, and kick water safety goals this weekend."
"If you're tuning into the big game by the water, remember that alcohol or other drugs and water-based activities do not mix. Alcohol or other drugs were a known factor in 34 per cent of all drowning deaths of people aged 15 or older in the past decade. Alcohol slows your reaction times and can increase risk taking behaviour, so watch out for your mates and make sure they are making smart decisions in, on, and around water," Mr Krige said.
For Victorians enjoying the holiday home or away, Mr Krige reminded them of the potential hidden dangers both around water, or around the home environment. "If you're taking the boat out or going rock fishing, a life jacket must be part of your plan. Eight in ten people who drowned while boating or fishing last year were either not wearing a lifejacket, or wearing one incorrectly or that was ill-fitted, so a lifejacket is a non-negotiable for everyone onboard or on the rocks," he said.
Pictures from Life Saving Victoria Facebook page.
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