Whiritoa

Jinxed it

The other day Water Safety NZ came out demanding that we all be vigilant and try and have zero drownings this holiday period. At the time I called it like I would a sports commentator claiming some one is a dead cert for a ton in cricket. They jinxed it and today I was proved right:

The first drowning of the season was completely preventable, says a Coromandel lifeguard.

A 43-year-old man drowned at Whiritoa beach on the Coromandel Peninsula yesterday.

He was swimming just 600m from a patrolled, flagged area, when he got into difficulty and drowned.

“The saddest thing about his death is that it was preventable,” Regional lifeguard supervisor Matt Williams said.

“The flags were just 600 metres away and we’d put lifeguards on earlier in the season than we have in the past. It was a terribly dangerous day.”

Williams said if the man, who was the only swimmer in the water at the time, had done a bit of pre-planning, or swam between the flags, he might still be alive.

Something as simple as visiting findabeach.co.nz to find out the dangers of Whiritoa beach could have prevented his death, Williams said.

Whiritoa is a dangerous beach, always has been…it is tragedy for someone to drown, but stupid people do stupid things.

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