Beachgoers across Northern NSW are being urged to remain vigilant both in and around the water in coming days as a developing swell has prompted the Bureau of Meteorology and Surf Life Saving to issue a warning for hazardous surf conditions.
A warning has been issued for the coastline between Coffs Harbour and the Queensland border and is expected to be in place for at least the next 48 hours.
Swells peaking at over 3 metres have been forecast on Thursday with beaches particularly across the Far North Coast likely to experience the full force of the conditions.
It is anticipated that the strong swell will continue into Friday as the full effects from the weather system travelling down the coast become clearer in coming days.
Currently only three beaches in the most northern part of the state are patrolled during the week with lifeguards from the Australian Lifeguard Service stationed at Byron Bay Main Beach, Kingscliff Main Beach, and Lennox Head.
A decision on whether they will be open will be made after an assessment of conditions, although with the deteriorating weather, lifesavers are encouraging people to stay out of the water where possible.
“This season we’ve had a number of tragic drownings at our beaches and many rescues involving people getting caught in rip currents, and all of these incidents are a sobering reminder of the power of the ocean,” said Far North Coast Duty Officer Jimmy Keough
“Please take note of the safety warnings and if you have any doubt whatsoever about your ability to handle the water it’s better not to go in,” he said.
General Safety Tips during Hazardous Surf Conditions:
- Avoid rock fishing and water activities on exposed beaches/rock-shelves
- Only swim at patrolled beaches, between the red & yellow flags. See www.beachsafe.org.au for patrolled locations/times
- Check the official Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) forecast before undertaking rock fishing and water activities
- Boaties should seek advice from Marine Rescue NSW and always wear a lifejacket
- If witnessing an in-water emergency dial Triple Zero – Police
Wednesday 14 March 2018