Margaret Boshier, St Ives
I have been spending time in the ocean since before I could walk; I grew up at the beach; I have been swimming at Byron’s beaches for more than 40 years – and today, at Main Beach, I was asked by the lifesaver to leave the water so that he could talk to me – and he told me that the surf was rough and that there were rips, all of which I was aware of as I was swimming only about a metre from the shore and certainly not diving or catching any waves – ‘bobbing’ would be the best description!
I stayed a bit longer and then noticed that a much younger woman went into the surf where I had been swimming and she was not hauled out of the water ‘to have a word’!
I decided to approach the lifesaver and question him on this anomaly. He changed his story and said that he was worried about the rocks.
I know that I was asked to leave the water as I am older. No-one else in the three hours that I was there was subjected to what I was.