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Surf Life Saving NSW is asking beach goers to heed the safety warnings and watch the conditions this Boxing Day and throughout the festive season.

A series of storm fronts is forecast across the coastline of Sydney and NSW on Boxing Day, creating unpredictable surf conditions.

“We’re seeing volatile conditions on Boxing Day. Those who are not familiar with the surf conditions, please heed the warnings from your local surf lifesavers or lifeguards on patrol,” says Steven Pearce, CEO of Surf Life Saving NSW.

There have been several serious incidents in the last few days, including two confirmed fatalities and a swimmer still missing on the far north coast. Volunteer lifesavers have been called on to perform CPR on a number of people pulled from the water.

“Our concern is particularly those visiting unpatrolled beaches. The number one danger on our beaches is rip currents. If you see anyone in trouble please call Triple Zero (000) police, which then enables us to task a range of lifesaving assets to get there early for rescue or medical support.”

There have been four drownings on NSW Beaches this summer. Surf Life Saving NSW is reporting high attendance at beaches on Christmas Day. In NSW, drowning deaths are around 3 times more likely to occur on Boxing Day.

As beach numbers grow during the Christmas period and temperatures climb this week, Surf Life Saving NSW is asking holiday makers along the NSW coastline to be vigilant and aware of just how changeable surf conditions can be.

Tuesday 26 December 2023