Rosedale dye shows power of rip

The dye within a few minutes had been swept at an angle along Rosedale Beach, before being sucked out behind the breakers.
The dye within a few minutes had been swept at an angle along Rosedale Beach, before being sucked out behind the breakers.

Think your kids can't get caught in a rip in the shallows?

Think again say Lifeguarding Australia CEO Stan Wall and Batemans Bay Surf Lifesaver Helen Smith.

Using biodegradable dye on Saturday, January 23, the pair showed just how quickly a rip can travel from the shallows into deeper water.

They chose Rosedale, on the NSW Far South Coast, for their demonstration because the unpatrolled beach has been the scene of several citizen rescues this summer.

Mr Wall warned if you had consumed too much alcohol to drive, you should also not swim.

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As Ms Smith explains, a child on a body board could quickly be carried along the beach away from their parents, and then out into deeper water.

In their panic, they are likely to abandon their board and be in even more danger.

Helen Smith explains how quickly kids get into strife
Fluoro dye was dumped into the water and quickly moved at an angle along the beach before the trail curved into deeper water behind the breakers.

Fluoro dye was dumped into the water and quickly moved at an angle along the beach before the trail curved into deeper water behind the breakers.

It has already been a tragic summer on the South Coast.

On Sunday, January, a mother died trying to rescue her young son from a rip at Congo, south of Rosedale and on Friday, January 22, three fishermen were swept to their deaths at Port Kembla.

Lifeguard Stan Wall with his children Amelia, Maddison and Edward, and Batemans Bay Surf Lifesaver Helen Smith after demonstrating how quickly biodegradable dye can move in a rip at Rosedale on January 23, 2021.

Lifeguard Stan Wall with his children Amelia, Maddison and Edward, and Batemans Bay Surf Lifesaver Helen Smith after demonstrating how quickly biodegradable dye can move in a rip at Rosedale on January 23, 2021.

This story Safe in shallow water? Watch how fast kids can get into trouble first appeared on Bay Post-Moruya Examiner.

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