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Cops launch water safety campaign

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“Children must always be under the supervision of an adult when going near water areas and they should never walk closely along the edge of canals, dams, rivers and swamps.”

THE POLICE’S provincial Search and Rescue team launched its water safety campaign at St Patrick’s CBC in Kimberley yesterday.

Police spokesperson Brigadier Mohale Ramatseba said yesterday that the team was planning to visit various schools and communities in and around the Northern Cape as the warm season approaches.

Captain John Seeley and the team made use of the CBC indoor pool to educate and demonstrate water safety techniques to apply during a drowning situation.

The pupils were given practical exercises on how to react in a drowning situation.

Community leaders and parents were also urged by the SAPS Search and Rescue team to take extra safety precautions in ensuring the safety of their families when swimming or while participating in water recreational activities.

The Search and Rescue team emphasised yesterday that supervision alone was not enough and parents needed to educate their children on the dangers and safety of being in and around water areas.

“Children must always be under the supervision of an adult when going near water areas and they should never walk closely along the edge of canals, dams, rivers and swamps.”

The police also warned the public to empty paddling pools, bath tubs and water containers after use, as children might get enticed to play in the water.

“Members of the public should also never jump into the water in an attempt to rescue someone if they don’t know how to swim.”

Yesterday’s launch of the water safety programme came ahead of a warning of very hot conditions in the Northern Cape over the next few days.

In Kimberley, the maximum temperature is expected to reach 39 degrees Celsius from tomorrow until Saturday.

In Upington, the maximum temperature is expected to rise to 42 degrees C by tomorrow. Temperatures of above 40 degrees C are expected in the town until the weekend.

The SA Weather Office yesterday also warned of veld fire conditions in the central and eastern parts of the Province.