Dangerous Surf Puts Lifesavers to the Test

Big surf and dangerous conditions along the coast last weekend have resulted in numerous rescues and incidents, including one person drowned and another still missing.

Volunteers on patrol at Warriewood on Sydney's Northern Beaches retrieved an unconscious man from the water this morning. The patrol group used considerable skill to negotiate the large seas during the rescue. Unfortunately resuscitation attempts were unsuccessful.

Another person was washed from the rock pool at Nth Curl Curl this afternoon and a search is still underway involving helicopters and Inflatable Rescue Boats and jetskis.

Big seas have pounded beaches across the state and surf lifesavers have responded to numerous calls for assistance from Police. Good weather and high temperatures meant many people headed to the beach today.

Many beaches have been closed today and Lifesavers have been working hard to proactively engage people before they have put themselves in harms way.

With dangerous surf conditions forecast to continue until at least Tuesday the public is urged to use common sense and avoid putting themselves (and their rescuers) at risk.

"Our thoughts are with the families of those drowned or missing today," said Lifesaving Manager Dean Storey. "These are such tragedies and we're imploring people to use common sense and respect the conditions".

“We’d advise people stay out of the water and away from rock platforms and headlands until these conditions moderate,” said SLSNSW Lifesaving Manager Dean Storey.

Public Safety Messages During Dangerous Surf Warning

  • Swim only at patrolled beaches between the red/yellow flags (No flags, No swim)
  • Avoid rock-fishing on the open coastline
  • Inexperienced surfers should avoid surfing
  • Boaties should check their local forecast, seek advice from NSW Maritime and always wear a lifejacket
  • Visit Beachsafe.org.au for information on patrolled beaches/times
  • If witnessing an in-water emergency dial 000 – Police

Sat 16 Mar 2013