Last week Surf Life Saving Australia release the National Coastal Safety Report 2021, the report is a comprehensive summary and analysis of community perceptions, activities on the coast, coastal and ocean drowning deaths and related fatalities. Supporting the National Report, we have also released the Tasmanian Costal Safety Report 2021, which takes a deeper look into the state specific data.
Surf Life Saving Tasmania CEO, Tony Van Den Enden said, "Tasmania is renowned for its extensive and diverse coastline attracting visitors from within the state, internationally and interstate. However, despite its beauty, the coast can pose a hazard to many, with surf lifesavers and lifeguards, as well as members of the public, often going to the aid of those unsuspecting or lacking knowledge who get caught in hazardous situations. "
"In the past year surf lifesavers and lifeguards have performed rescued, assisted and provided first aid treatments to more than 5,500 people. If not for these actions undertaken by surf lifesavers and lifeguards, the number of drowning deaths and fatalities would be much higher. "