Tourists need better education about danger of Aussie beaches: Life Saving Victoria
Life Saving Victoria has called for better education of tourists after an Indian student went missing of Cape Woolamai on Christmas Day.
Human remains were found during the search for Hemant Govekar, 28 (above) who went for a swim at Woolamai beach, Phillip Island about 5.30pm Monday.
The remains will undergo forensic testing to determine identity.
General Manager of Life Saving Victoria, Paul Shannon told 3AW Breakfast tourists need better education about the dangers of rips on Australian beaches.
“It beggars belief the number of cars that are driving down the Great Ocean Road and are just pulling over on the side of the road and going for a swim,” Paul said.
“They’re our multicultural community, they’re our tourists who are coming to Australia, who don’t have that concept.
“I put it to someone the other day (a tourist) and they thought the red and yellow flags were for members only.”
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Mr Govekar was last seen in trouble by surfers, who tried to rescue him but he went under before he could they could reach him.
The beach was not patrolled at the time because it was Christmas Day.