The scene after a man drowned at Coffs Harbour's North Wall.
The scene after a man drowned at Coffs Harbour's North Wall. Bruce Thomas

Call for warning signs at North Wall

THE drowning of man at North Wall yesterday was a tragedy that could have been averted by adequate warning signs, according to residents and tourists.

A 38-year-old man drowned after being taken by a rip near the notoriously dangerous North Wall, on the southern end of Park Beach.

Local resident Barry Gardiner said he comes to this part of the beach every morning, and every morning he warns swimmers of the dangers.

“People are always asking me where to swim and I say not here,” Mr Gardener said.

“Most people don't even look at the sign, it's not big enough.

“If this was a road, the problem would have been fixed by now.”

Yesterday's incident cleared the beach of holiday-makers, some of whom were stunned that something like this could happen at such a popular swimming spot.

One tourist, Brian, said he had no idea how dangerous the beach was.

“You'd think there would be big signs just to warn everybody, but all I saw was the bit saying I couldn't take my car or motorbike down there,” Brian said as he hustled his young son off the beach.

“Makes me think twice about going to this beach again while we're here.”

Chris Jackson said yesterday's incident was 'very upsetting for everybody'.

“This place is very dangerous and it really should be off limits,” Chris said.

“It's an unpatrolled beach and council should put up signs.

“Something needs to be done.”

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