Surf Lifesavers Brave Wild Weather
Patrol off season for volunteers and state wide beach closures didn't prevent Surf Life Saving from responding to a number of incidents and emergencies across the state on the weekend.
While a deep east coast low battered the coastline, throwing up huge seas and torrential rain, most people took the advice of lifesavers and stayed out of the water.
Despite this volunteers were called out to assist police, SES and Marine Rescue with evacuations from flooded suburban areas on Sydney's Northern Beaches and elsewhere. At Narrabeen 75 trapped students had to be evacuated by Inflatable Rescue Boats (IRB) from the NSW Sports Academy by craft and crews from Nth Narrabeen and Newport SLSCs.
In central Narrabeen IRBs from Sydney Northern Beaches Branch and local duty officers braved the downpours to assist residents with rising floodwaters threatening homes and businesses.
Elsewhere in the state volunteers were called out to incidents including a potential stand up board paddler reported missing at Fingal Head in the Tweed.
A kayaker who became stranded in big seas after he became separated from his craft on the North Coast was extremely lucky that an experienced IRB crew from Macksville Scotts Head was able to launch a rescue effort and come to his aid.
On the Far North Coast Australian Lifeguard Service personnel were disappointed by the behaviour of some swimmers and surfers who decided to take to extremely messy waters off Byron Bay because there was a break in the rain.
Local Lifeguard Supervisor Ruben Roxbourgh said surfers were ignoring warnings and obviously still hazardous conditions to head out on the water, making the job of lifeguards even more difficult.
NSW Lifesaving Manager Andy Kent commended all volunteers who lent a hand with callouts today.
"The community is lucky to have volunteers including surf lifesavers who have the skills and commitment to help others at times like this," said Andy Kent.
Conditions are expected to improve during Monday however large, powerful surf conditions will persist along much of the NSW coast and Surf Lifesavers are urging beach goers to exercise caution.
Sun 5 Jun 2016