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The surf patrol season ends this Sunday as the NSW holidays come to a close. NSW Surf Lifesaving and the Westpac Rescue Helicopter are reminding people to not only remain safe over the weekend but into the future.

Leading up to this weekend the rescue helicopter flew 24 missions in four days while NSW Surf Lifesaving reminds everyone that there were 274 rescues over the Easter long weekend and two coastal drownings, including one at Lennox Head.

‘That was among the busiest weekends on record for our Service (Westpac Rescue Helicopter). Our helicopter crews responded around the clock to emergency calls throughout Northern NSW and were kept busy at each of our three bases in Belmont, Tamworth and Lismore,’ CEO Richard Jones said.

With this recent run of good weather and the Easter holiday period, so many people are out enjoying the great outdoors. This means more people are on the roads, in the ocean, on farms and enjoying all kinds of recreational activities,’ he added.

The Bureau of Meteorology has warned that hazardous surf conditions are possible over the weekend, with strong southerly winds and swells of up to 3.5 metres indicated.

‘Sadly we experienced several drownings over Easter and we are hoping for a safe end to the season this weekend,’ Surf Life Saving NSW CEO Steven Pearce said.

He also paid tribute to the more than 20,000 active volunteers who have patrolled across the state this season.

‘I’m incredibly proud of the efforts of all our members who have performed with vigilance throughout the season. This is not a commitment to be taken lightly, as we saw last weekend with the tragic drowning of two volunteers in Victoria while attempting to save a man’s life,’ he said.

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