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Surf Life Saving NSW issued a warning very early this morning as tropical cyclone Seth makes its way down the Australian coastline.

Surf Life Saving is encouraging beachgoers on the state’s Far North Coast to exercise caution.

All beaches in the region are currently closed due to the conditions, with large powerful swell, strong winds and potential for an inundation of water possible over the coming days.

The message is clear – take care if visiting the coastline.

Far North Coast Duty Officer, Jimmy Keough said conditions are meant to deteriorate even more. ‘For us it’s about making sure people take care on run-out tides around creeks and rivers – for any surfers it’s going to be dangerous conditions so it’s not for board riders who aren’t confident in their abilities.

We do also have large amounts of erosion up and down the coast, Byron has already seen it, so it’s worth watching out for that.

Mr Keough said the big swell also hampers surf live saver’s efforts to respond to people who are in distress. ‘With the large amounts of traffic and increased numbers on the beach, we’ve already seen delays to this.’

HAZARDOUS SURF CONDITIONS SAFETY TIPS

•Avoid rock fishing and water activities on exposed beaches/rock-shelves

•Only swim at patrolled beaches, between the red and yellow flags. See the Beachsafe Website 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 (000) – Police.


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3 COMMENTS

  1. “All beaches in the region are currently closed …”
    Therefore no one should be in the water.
    Directions are not clear. We are getting a mixed message.
    The heading should be:
    “The Beaches are Closed”.
    This article encourages people to enter the water and to drown.
    To exercise caution means you are in the water against safety orders endangering your life.

    • Yes Emily, but the trouble with your view, is that, nobody has the authority to close beaches.
      For all the posturing of the Surf Life Saving NSW, they are just a group of volunteers and while supported with extravagant government grants, are about as effective as a bucket of water in a bush-fire. The advise they give is only sensible and quite obvious, but it is just a suggestion.
      Cheers, G”)

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