A strong southerly swell has seen lifesavers issue a surf warning.
A strong southerly swell has seen lifesavers issue a surf warning.

Heavy swell hits the coast

SURF Life Saving has issued a surf warning urging swimmers, inexperienced surfers, rock fishers and boat skippers to take extreme caution this week.

A wind swept swell is this morning buffering the coast with waves breaking over Coffs Harbour's South Wall.

The heavy ocean conditions are expected to last through until Thursday.

Large wave sets are causing dangerous conditions on south-facing beaches, rock shelves, headlands and over river bar crossings.

Southerly swells will reach 3-4 meters at open beaches, with a swell period of up to 12 seconds, Surf Life Saving has advised.

"These large waves will create dangerous conditions for swimmers, surfers, rock fishermen and boaties," SLSNSW Lifesaving Manager Dean Storey said.

"People need to take extreme care when visiting the coastline in the coming few days."

To avoid risk, the following is advised:

·        Avoid rockfishing between Tuesday - Thursday

·        Novice surfers should avoid surfing between Tuesday - Thursday

·        Boaties are advised to avoid bar crossings and seek local advice on weather and bar conditions

·        Anyone intent on swimming should only swim at patrolled beaches, between the red & yellow flags



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