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May 14, 2021

Man drowns at Flat Rock

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A 65-year-old Alstonville man drowned at Flat Rock yesterday.

Paramedics were called to the beach at around midday yesterday but were unable to revive him.

His death again points up the high number of drownings that take place on north coast beaches. Three beaches are on a black-spot investigation list drawn up by Surf Life Saving Australia.

Ballina, Byron Bay and Tweed Heads will undergo a risk assessment as part of SLSA’s Project Blueprint. Surfers and fisherman are particularly at risk.

Project manager Adam Weir says he hopes the investigations will help reduce drownings by 50 per cent.

‘We know that the main reasons people drown are through lack of understanding or awareness or understanding of the hazard, unrestricted access, lack of supervision and an inability to cope when they are in trouble. So when we look at previous incidents or what the hazards are we can target intervention strategies around each of those four areas,’ he told ABC radio.


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