Rescue units busy

A KAYAKER swept out to sea for more than a kilometre at Park Beach and a group of swimmers caught in strong currents at Coffs Creek have kept Coffs Coast lifeguards busy this week.

On Friday morning, a kayaker was caught out by strong currents and offshore winds at Park Beach.

Senior lifeguard Greg Hackfath said the kayaker found himself more than a kilometre out to sea in a very short time.

“Luckily, lifesavers from Coffs Harbour Surf Club were carrying out some training on the beach at the same time and launched their rescue boat,” Mr Hackfath said.

“Although the currents were testing, lifesavers spotted the man and quickly brought him back to shore.”

On Wednesday, lifeguards also rescued four people who had been swept out by powerful tides at the mouth of Coffs Creek.

Mr Hackfath said the coast is experiencing sizeable tides at the moment and people often underestimate the strength of the currents as the tide goes out.

“It's very easy to find yourself taken out a long way once you're caught up in such a current, and that's often when people panic and tragedies occur,” he said.

“The best way to avoid getting into any trouble is to always swim between the flags at a patrolled beach.”

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