A forensic services officer surveys the damage from Tuesday’s fire at the Yamba Surf Club.
A forensic services officer surveys the damage from Tuesday’s fire at the Yamba Surf Club. Rodney Stevens

Show must go on

YAMBA Surf Club will draw on the community spirit that has galvanised the club during its 102-year history to hold the scheduled round of the North Coast surf boat series this weekend despite Tuesday’s devastating fire.

The blaze broke out around 12.15pm in the boat shed, consuming almost all in its path, including three inflatable rescue boats (IRBs), their motors, patrol gear, and rescue boards.

Fireproof ceilings in the garages and the fast response of fire brigades from Yamba, Wooleweyah and Maclean prevented the fire spreading.

Club president Alan Schofield praised the community spirit of the club and the wider surf life-saving community.

“There is a tremendous spirit in the club. We have got people itching to come down and help clean up but we can’t do that yet. We have to let the investigations take their course,” he said

“We have had plenty of offers of assistance from other clubs up and down the coast, including Queensland.”

Yesterday the club took delivery of an IRB, on loan to replace one of the three destroyed in the fire.

“We have got two more coming that are on loan from clubs nearby. Red Rock, Evans Head and Fingal have helped us out there,” he said.

In the true spirit of surf life-saving, Mr Schofield said there was never a time after the fire when he thought the surf boat carnival, and patrols by members, wouldn’t continue this weekend.

“As long as we have got a beach that is safe to operate on it will go ahead,” he said.



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