Shoalhaven News

Surf life savers happy with beach safety this holiday season

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With the exception of one drowning incident in Lake Conjola on Christmas day, our surf lifesavers say the holiday season has been much of the much better ones in recent years in terms of incidents.

48 surf rescues were performed on our local beaches with 660 preventative actions.

More than 80,000 people attended our beaches, Manager of Surf Life Saving South Coast Steve Jones says there were also 110 first aid incidents.

"Of which there were four fractured bones, two dislocated shoulders, one stingray barb strike at Mollymook Beach on the 30th of December and one stingray barb strike at Culburra Beach", Mr Jones said.

People haven't been the only ones to enjoy our beautiful waterways with more than 80 shark sightings over the last couple of weeks.

Great Whites and even Hammer Heads have been spotted by the Department of Primary Industries Shark Smart service.

The sharks temporarily forced the closure of Hyams Beach and Greenfield Beach as well as Kiama's Surf and Kendall's Beach.

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