96% of Australians unable to spot the number one killer on our beaches

Surf lifesavers and Ironwomen (L-R) Naomi Flood, Liz Pluimers and Courtney Hancock launch the rips safety campaign.

Surf lifesavers and Ironwomen (L-R) Naomi Flood, Liz Pluimers and Courtney Hancock launch the rips safety campaign.

A Newspoll survey has revealed that 96 percent of Australians could not identify a rip current and alarmingly only 15 percent could correctly explain the most effective way to save themselves if caught in a rip current and therefore prevent themselves from drowning.

This follows the 2009 National Coastal Safety Report which identified that rip currents are the most prominent hazard on Australian beaches.

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