Dangerous surf conditions in Coffs

DANGEROUS surf conditions are in store for the Coffs Coast this weekend and our surf lifesavers have urged extreme caution.

Surf Life Saving NSW says a strong southerly swell is building as it moves across from the Tasman. A deep low-pressure system will culminate in a heavy south-easterly groundswell making landfall across the NSW coast this weekend.

“Sea conditions are expected to peak on Saturday, with six to eight-foot-plus (2-2.5m) waves expected to hit most of the NSW coast,” said lifesaving manager Dean Storey.

“The large waves may create dangerous conditions for swimmers and numerous rips and strong currents are expected to form.”

Park Beach at Coffs Harbour will have lifeguards on duty this weekend as part of a trial extension of patrols for the winter.

To avoid putting yourself at risk, you are advised to swim only at patrolled beaches. For more details, go to www.beachsafe.org.au.

Mr Storey has also warned rock fishermen to be particularly cautious after the death of six people in several rock fishing incidents in the past week.

“Rock fishing is inherently dangerous, but large, unpredictable surf conditions make it particularly treacherous,” he said.

“Make sure you wear a lifejacket or even better, give it a miss altogether.”

For life-threatening emergencies, call 000 immediately.

For rock fishing safety information, go to www.safefishing.com.au.



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