Why Certain Structures Can Be Dangerous
Man-made hazards include piers, dinghy docks, harbour walls, breakwaters, jetties, outflow pipes, sea defences, marinas and pontoons. These structures are generally safe on their own – but in certain conditions and without following safe practices they can cause serious injury or even death.
What Makes Them So Dangerous?
• Where maintenance is critical, most of the hazards caused by man-made structures are unseen.
• Conditions around the structures are changeable – with rips, undertows, large breaking waves and unpredictable wake from passing vessels.
• The water’s depth may change suddenly and without warning.
How To Stay Safe!
• Do not swim around or near man-made structures.
• Never run or climb on structures – and do not jump or dive off them.
• Take great caution when walking on wet or uneven surfaces and look out for sharp objects.
• Remember to follow any safety signs you see.
• If in doubt, ask a Lifeguard or persons responsible for the structure.
Remember! Never Swim or Play Near Man-Made Structures.
If you see someone in trouble, tell a Lifeguard, call the Police or call VISAR immediately. Tel: 999/911/767