EDITORIAL: Time for all to take caution

THE unfortunate drowning at Flynns Beach earlier this week is a tragedy in every sense of the word and our thoughts go out to the man’s family and his many friends.

The efforts of those involved in the rescue attempt, particularly one of the teenage boys who arrived on the scene early, are also heroic in every sense of the word.

Out of every tragedy there must be a lesson and the obvious one for us all, in this case, is to make sure we treat our natural elements with respect and pass on our knowledge. This case aside, if you see people putting themselves into potentially dangerous situations then it is better to speak up, err on the side of caution and make sure you keep the safety of all those around you paramount in your thoughts.

You would hardly find anyone better equipped with surf and water safety knowledge than Port Macquarie’s Hudson family.

Council’s budget is an issue as we all know, and there are extended patrols during the peak summer weeks, but when the Hudsons say an extra hour of patrols is needed then their pleas should at least get a hearing. 

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