Dangerous Surf warning for parts of NSW

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Surf Life Saving NSW is warning swimmers, surfers, boat skippers and rock-fishers about dangerous surf conditions from the Victorian border to mid-north coast, mainly on Thursday.

Surf Life Saving support operations and emergency callout teams are on high-alert following the deaths of two surfers in the last week in NSW.

A South-Easterly swell is expected to reach 3 to 4 metres at its peak, with a long swell period of around 12-14 seconds.

These conditions will be hazardous for coastal activities such as swimming, surfing and rock fishing.

Conditions are expected to ease on Friday.

“With the onset of these dangerous condition we strongly encourage swimmers to follow all safety warnings and avoid entering the water,” said Surf Life Saving NSW Lifesaving Manager, Andy Kent.

“While the official patrol season has ended there are still some patrolled beaches in metro areas and I would encourage people to avoid swimming at unpatrolled locations.”

At the beach, follow these simple safety tips:

•           Always swim between the red and yellow flags

•           Read the safety signs

•           Ask a lifesaver/lifeguard for safety advice

•           Learn how to identify a rip

•           If you need help, stay calm and attract attention

•           Always wear a lifejacket while rock-fishing

If witnessing an in-water emergency call 000-Police For full details on which beaches are patrolled and patrol times during winter go to beachsafe.org.au, which is also available as an iPhone app.


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