11 Apr 2009

Winter beachgoers advised to be cautious

12:55 pm on 11 April 2009

Beachgoers are advised to use commonsense around the water and when fishing from rocks this winter.

Volunteer surf lifesaving patrols have finished for the season, after putting in more than 185,000 hours patrolling the beaches this season - 40,000 more than five years ago.

Surf Lifesaving New Zealand says 1470 rescues were carried out during the summer season, which is comparable with last year.

However, there was an increased number of incidents involving people fishing from rocks.

Surf Lifesaving business manager John O'Connell says Easter weekend is usually the last busy weekend before winter.

Volunteer patrols will resume at Labour weekend.