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Surf Life Saving NSW is advising swimmers, surfers, rock fishermen and boat skippers to exercise caution as potentially dangerous surf conditions may be experienced over the weekend through much of the northern part of the state.

Ocean swells are increasing due to Cyclone activity near Fiji and swells are expected to peak on Sunday morning. Easterly swells between 2 to 2.5 metres (6-8ft+) may impact the coast north of Port Macquarie to the Queensland border, creating hazardous conditions and strong rip currents at many beaches.

The long period swell of around 14 seconds is also a concern, particularly to rock fishermen.

‘The long period swell can mean a rock platform can look safe, however larger set waves will come through intermittently and can create significant problems for fishermen’, said Northern NSW Emergency Coordinator, Jimmy Keough.

Surf lifesavers are concerned about the safety of beachgoers after several tragic drownings on the far north coast in recent weeks.

‘We’d advise against people swimming at unpatrolled locations and to stay away from rock platforms and headlands until these conditions moderate’, said Jimmy Keough.

Beaches will be patrolled by volunteer surf lifesavers this weekend. Go to beachsafe.org.au for patrolled locations.

Public Safety Messages During Dangerous Surf Conditions
* Swim only at patrolled beaches between the red and 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 Maritimes and always wear a lifejacket
* Visit Beachsafe for information on patrolled beaches and times
* If witnessing an in-water emergency dial 000 – Police


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