LIFEGUARDS will extend their beach patrol hours today (Friday January 18), to provide swimmers additional time to cool off safely.
Hours at 9 of Wollongong’s 17 patrolled beaches will be increased, with flags up until 7pm at Stanwell Park, Austinmer, Thirroul, Bulli and Corrimal. The flags will go down at Sandon Point at 6pm.
Wollongong Council’s Beach Services Manager, Paul Dreghorn said while the Illawarra has escaped the worst of the heatwave conditions in comparison with the rest of the state, the region remains hot and lifeguards will work extra hours to enable people cool off safely in the surf.
“That’s why we’ve asked our lifeguards to remain on duty beyond the usual flags down time to give people the chance for a swim,” he said.
“We just ask people to visit one of the nine beaches with additional hours and to remember if there are no flags up, then there’s no swim.’’
The beaches with additional hours are:
Stanwell Park – to 7pm
Austinmer – to 7pm
Thirroul – to 7pm
Bulli – to 7pm
Corrimal – to 7pm
Nth Gong – to 7pm
City Beach – to 7pm
Pt Kembla – to 7pm
Sandon Point – to 6pm