Beaches popular, but be warned

Strong wind conditions have done nothing to deter holidaymakers from our Coffs Coast beaches this Easter long weekend.

President of the Coffs Harbour Life Saving Club, Terry Maher, said on any other Sunday, with wind conditions as they are, the beaches would be virtually empty, but people seemed keen to enjoy the sun, surf and sand while they can these holidays.

While the beauty of our beaches may lure many sunseekers to their shores, Mr Maher is urging people to be aware of the weather conditions, and keep beach safety in mind.

"For the past week there has been a prevailing southerly wind, which is unusual for this time of the year, and it is creating dangerous conditions. People should stay on the northern side of headlands out of the wind, and swim between the flags," he said.

It was a close call for one board rider, who braved the strong winds and was caught in a rip at Macauleys Beach yesterday.

At around 11.30am Senior Constable Rowan Gear reported to the Coffs Harbour Surf Life Saving Club that a swimmer had lost his board out at Macauleys Beach.

The surf club launched into action, sending out an inflatable rescue boat, and the water police were called in to deal with the situation.

The rescue was called off when the male swimmer returned to safety after being washed up on the rocks at Macauleys.

Weather conditions will remain windy over the next few days with the Bureau of Meteorology predicting south-east winds of around 10 to 15 knots for today, and seas of 1 to 1.5 metres, and sou' south-easterly winds of 10 to 20 knots for Wednesday and Thursday.

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