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NSRI issues 'super full moon spring tide' warning - public urged to take extreme caution on the coast

Nov 10, 2016
NSRI issues 'super full moon spring tide' warning - public urged to take extreme caution on the coast

The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) on Thursday urged the public to exercise extreme caution around the coastline between the 10th and the 18th November.

"The monthly Full Moon Spring Tide peaks on the Full Moon on Monday 14th of November and the effects of this Spring Tide on the coastline begins today, peaks on the 14th November and will continue to affect the coastline into the later half of next week," explained NSRI spokesperson, Craig Lambinon.

"Spring Tide happens twice every month, at Full Moon and at New Moon, and lasts for a few days over each full moon and each new moon, peaking on the day of the full moon and the new moon."

He said that the twice monthly Spring Tides bring higher than normal high tides and lower than normal low tides and stronger than normal rip currents.

"This November the 14th 'Super Full Moon Spring Tide' will have a greater affect on the coastline because the full moon this month will be closer to earth than normal (known as a Super Moon).

"This Super Moon will have a marginally greater affect on the Spring High and Low Tides making them more prominent than normal and hence extreme caution is advised because rip currents around the coastline will be stronger than the normal spring tide effects on the coastline," Lambinon warned.

"From today, Thursday 10th November - peaking on Monday 14th November - and lasting until at least Friday 18th November - over this period of time the public, anglers, bathers, beach strollers, boaters, paddlers and coastline hikers are advised to exercise extreme caution around the coastline during this Super Full Moon Spring Tide and to be aware of rough sea conditions, stronger than normal rip currents, higher than normal high tides, lower than normal low tides, the Spring Tide phenomenon and its natural affect on the coastline."


Meanwhile the NSRI on Tuesday afternoon was activated following reports of a drowning in progress at Mpekweni, Port Alfred.

"Prior to NSRI Port Alfred arriving on the scene the EC Government Health EMS confirmed that they were on the scene with a 14 year old male, who was suffering non-fatal drowning symptoms and who was being stabilized by EMS paramedics and they transported the teenager to hospital for further treatment and for observation for secondary drowning symptoms by EMS ambulance and NSRI were no longer required on the scene," described Lambinon.

"It is believed that the teenager was caught in rip currents while swimming and swept out to sea but that he was able to get back to the beach without assistance."