VOLUNTEER surf lifesavers will lower the flags on Hastings beaches Tuesday, April 25 after an action-packed and demanding season which began back in September.
The 21,000 active patrolling members across the state have collectively given over 560,000 hours of their time to ensure that beachgoers around NSW were protected throughout the season.
A key focus this season has been lifesavers intervening in situations before they became potentially dangerous, and as a result over 111,000 preventative actions were undertaken. These actions include asking swimmers to swim between the flags, and communicating to the public, hazards such as sandbars, submerged rocks and powerful currents.
Sadly there have been 31 coastal drownings since the start of July 2016.