Swimmers continue to dice with death despite clear warnings
WITNESSES to another near-drowning on a Coffs Coast beach are asking what needs to be done to stop swimmers taking unnecessary and dangerous risks.
Despite more than a century of warnings from the surf lifesaving movement to "swim between the flags" and huge publicity after a series of near misses in recent days, swimmers continue to ignore warnings.
Late on Friday, two people believed to be a father and daughter were swimming at a notorious part of Park Beach South near the north wall when they were dragged away by a rip.
"If it wasn't for the bravery of two girls on boards, they would have drowned as there was nobody else around to help," the witness said.
"It was a shocking thing to see.
"People who are not from this area do not know how dangerous that beach can be."
When The Coffs Coast Advocate visited the beach on Saturday a handful of swimmers were ignoring the hazardous sea conditions, whipped up by winds.
They had apparently also decided to ignore the clear signage at two places near the main entrance adjacent to Coffs Harbour Yacht Club, warning against entry to the ocean.
The swimmers were just a short walk from the protected waters of Jetty Beach where hundreds were safely enjoying the sunshine.