Surf Life Savers at Byron Bay and Fingal Head had to treat injured swimmers and surfers over the weekend – including broken legs and dislocated shoulders – owing to extremely rough conditions in the surf.
Beaches in the Byron and Tweed regions were also temporarily closed following two suspected shark sightings.
Further south, one man was swept to his death while fishing at Catherine Hill Bay and three people in a single group at Sydney’s Royal National Park had to be airlifted to safety.
It is believed that the man, thought to be in his 50s, was fishing with his nephew on the northern rocks at the popular angling spot when he was washed into the water at around 9.30am.
Shortly before 3pm on Saturday a rogue wave washed a group of people off the Figure 8 Rock Pools at Royal National Park.
A group of five teenage body boarders had to be rescued from the unpatrolled Denhams Beach on the state’s Far South Coast on Thursday.
Regional surf reporter Earl Jones from CoastalWatch says today’s waves will be smaller with 2ft clean waves from the SSE and some bigger sets this morning on the open beaches and smaller at the protected southern corners.
Surf Life Saving NSW has issued an alert to all rock fishermen and people taking coastal walks to take extra care as the swell remains high in some places.