At the height of summer, the dangers posed by our waterways become only too apparent.
Often it is unrelentingly hot, so we all have to find our own way of cooling down.
In the Border region, that often means a dip in a public pool or having a late-afternoon swim in the Murray River or Lake Hume.
It is at this time of year and in the emerging warmer weather leading up to summer that the warnings start to be made about the extreme care needed to be taken, by even the most experienced and skilled swimmers.
One strong undercurrent can be enough to sweep someone away to their death.
But when the heat subsides and the cooler nights, then days, arrive, all of that is put out of our minds.
It is though a time where the tragedy of lives lost in the water never goes away for the victims' families.
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That is only too apparent in the case of Bigul Pandit, who went missing back on January 9 at a family gathering.
Searchers immediately swung into action yet Mr Pandit could not be found.
It would be nigh on impossible for most of us to understand the emotional strain this has and continues to place on Mr Pandit's family.
They want answers, they want to properly put their loved one to rest - for police believe he must have drowned - yet they have to continue to live their lives in limbo.
If anything, Mr Pandit's tragic disappearance highlights the danger swimming in natural water courses poses to everyone.
But as Detective Inspector Winston Woodward said at the conclusion of the most recent search, it is also not unusual for someone who goes missing in a river or creek to be found.
We support his call for the wider community to continue to keep their eyes out for Mr Pandit, for the sake of his grieving family.
And to continue to heed the message to take care in and near the water.
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