NSRI are urging public caution around the coast as the Spring Tide effect has now started leading towards the peak of the Full Moon Spring Tide on Tuesday, 09th October.
This Spring Tide alert lasts between now and the weekend of the 13th-14th October.
The Full Moon Spring Tide brings a higher than normal high tide, a lower than normal low tide and stronger than normal rip currents.
Anglers fishing along the coastline, bathers, beach walkers and coastal hikers are urged to be cautious.
Rip currents occur constantly at changing locations around the coast daily.
The main concern we have is that this Full Moon Spring Tide, that has now started to build in intensity, is going to peak on the day school learners return to their classrooms on the 9th October, hence this weekend, the warm weather, a lot more people visiting the coast, and a growing in intensity Spring Tide, is a reason to urge extreme caution.
Dr Cleeve Robertson, NSRI CEO, said:
NSRI are appealing to the public to be cautious around the coast and at inland waters during the remainder of the schools Spring break vacation.
We are appealing to parents to make sure that their children have responsible adult supervision around water.
And we are appealing to school tours and school groups to be cautious when visiting the coast in large groups and to have adequate responsible adult supervision for the children in their care.
Swim at beaches that have lifeguards on duty.
Make sure that you have the local Sea Rescue emergency number in your phone – or google Sea Rescue to find the closest emergency number to the area you are visiting.
Do not go into the water to try and help someone in difficulty but rather throw them flotation (like Sea Rescue’s Pink Rescue Buoy) and call for help.
Where and when possible Sea Rescue volunteers will patrol beaches where the lifeguarding season has not yet started.