Surf warning as drownings coincide with soaring temperatures across southeast Australia

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Surf Lifesaving Australia issues heatwave safety warning over high number of summer drowning deaths

Australians headed to the beach to escape a heatwave sweeping southeastern states have been warned to take care to avoid dangerous surf and not to try to rescue stricken friends alone, after three people died when they were swept off the rocks south of Sydney on Friday.

Five people have died while attempting to rescue another person since 1 December, according to Surf Lifesaving Australia – the same number that would usually die in a year.

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