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Cape Town - The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) has urgently appealed to the public - bathers, anglers, boaters, paddlers, coastal hikers and walkers, and sail boarders, to exercise extreme caution around the coastline in light of the full moon spring tide now in full effect.

The full moon spring tide will peak on Tuesday, January 2, and will continue to have an effect on coastline waters until the end of this coming week, the NSRI said in a statement.

"NSRI are urging responsible and safe behaviour in and around all water over the new year's celebrations. NSRI are appealing to the public not to set off red distress flares and sky lanterns during the new year's celebrations," the statement said.

African News Agency/ANA