Port Stephens Water Police help Santa deliver on Christmas Eve

Santa will hit the water on Christmas Eve to visit children in Port Stephens’ coastal communities.

PORT Stephens Water Police will have a special visitor on Christmas Eve with Santa Claus set to visit various beach locations across the area.

As well as presents, Santa is helping to deliver an important safety message.

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“As we enter the summer boating season, Port Stephens Water Police would like to reinforce our safety message to those using the waterways this summer,” Sergeant Clint Brown said.

“If on a vessel ensure you are carrying all the safety equipment required for that vessel, know where it is stowed on the vessel, ensure it is accessible and maintained in good working order.”

By taking common sense safety precautions, residents and visitors can ensure a fun outing to the beach or on Port Stephens’ waterways doesn’t turn into a tragedy.

“Be smart about your actions, stop for a second and think, is what I am doing safe?” Sergeant Brown said.

“If you have to think about the answer, it probably isn’t safe, and you should cease that activity.

“If you are at one of our surf beaches, please swim between the red and yellow flags.

“If boating, ensure there are enough life jackets onboard the vessel for each person and that the life jacket is the appropriate type for the activity.

“If the vessel is an electric start, ensure you have an accessible fire extinguisher in good working order.

“Maintain all other safety items and always tell someone where you are going and when you are expected back,” he said.

NSW Marine Rescue monitors marine radio 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

“If venturing offshore, be sure to log on and off with Marine Rescue,” Sergeant Brown said.

“Enjoy the waterways but please respect the ocean and other waterway users.

“Merry Christmas, be safe and enjoy the festive season.”

The timetable to see Santa on Christmas Eve, December 24 is as follows:

Lemon Tree Passage – Boat Ramp 11am

Soldiers Point Boat Ramp 11:30am

Salamander Bay Wharf (outside Bannisters) 11:45am

Corlette Beach (Eastern end) 12:15pm

Dutchies Beach (Eastern end) 12:40pm

Nelson Bay Beach (Fly Point) 1pm

Little Beach Wharf 1:30pm

Shoal Bay Beach (between wharf and boat ramp) 2pm

Jimmys Beach, Hawks Nest (The Anchorage st) 2:30pm

By Simon EKINS

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