Hazardous Surf Keeps Lifesavers Busy

Powerful surf conditions along much of the NSW coastline since Friday has resulted in an increase in incidents dealt with by Surf Life Saving volunteers.

The Bureau of Meteorology and Surf Life Saving NSW have been alerting the public to the hazardous conditions and issuing safety advice and updates, particularly to rockfishers.

This weekend there has been 23 incidents in total and surf lifesaving callout teams have responded to 18 requests for assistance by emergency services, coordinated by the SLSNSW State Operations Centre.

The most significant of these was a rock fisher who drowned after being swept from rocks on the south coast.

Other incidents have included searches for missing persons and rescues of swimmers and surfers.

Steven Pearce, CEO of Surf Life Saving NSW says the unusually high number of incidents for this time of year has kept off-season surf lifesavers busy responding to callouts.

"We thank all the volunteers who have given up their time this weekend to respond to the incidents along our coast. Saving lives outside the red and yellow flags is something we hope the community appreciates our surf lifesavers are increasingly called on to do," said Steven Pearce.

Mon 24 Jul 2017