Swimmers be warned: take notice
COFFS Harbour Council's lifeguards have renewed their calls for people heading to the beach to make sure they heed the sea conditions and local warning signs, following this week's drowning.
“The best way to avoid getting into any trouble is always to swim between the flags at a patrolled beach,” senior lifeguard Greg Hackfath said.
“It is the golden rule of beach safety and one that we can't emphasise enough. Plus we would also urge people to read the safety warning signs,” he said.
Sizeable tides are also adding to the hazards with people underestimating the strength of out- going tides at creek mouths.
“We always warn people to stay away from creek mouths because of the dangers they can pose and the large tides we've been having lately have already led to the rescue of four people,” Mr Hackfath said.