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Spring Tide warning: NSRI warns of rip currents this Heritage weekend

Sep 22, 2017
Spring Tide warning: NSRI warns of rip currents this Heritage weekend

The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) on Friday warned that the New Moon Spring Tide, which peaked on Wednesday, 20th September, will result in adverse Spring Tide conditions around the coastline for the duration of this weekend.

"Expect a higher than normal high tide and a lower than normal low tide and stronger than normal rip currents lasting into the early part of next week," described NSRI Spokesperson, Craig Lambinon.

"NSRI urge the public to be cautious around the coast this weekend due to the New Moon Spring Tide conditions."

Spring tide happens twice every month, at full moon and again at new moon.

Meanwhile, the NSRI also appealed to paddlers, sailboarders and boaters to stencil their name, contact number and the contact number of a responsible friend or family member on their paddle-boards, wind sailing boards and boats.

"NSRI urge paddlers, sailboarders and boaters to let NSRI know if they abandon their craft at sea leaving their craft adrift at sea," explained Lambinon.

"We also urge paddlers, sailboarders and boaters to download the free NSRI RSA SafeTrx phone app (see the NSRI web page www.nsri.org.za) and use the app when launching to go to sea.

"Always carry safety equipment and wear your life-jacket properly fastened when launching craft onto water (inland waters or coastal waters)."