Thursday, 6 January 2022

Dangerous rough surf along the NSW coastline brings death and near misses on the New Year long weekend

Bilgola (Ali Higgins) Manly Observer

Dangerous rough surf along the NSW coastline caused by ex-Tropical Cyclone Seth in northern waters and a ridge of high pressure extending across central and southern waters, saw three rock fisherman (two at Windang Island & one at Turimetta Beach, Warriewood) and a holidaymaker (Park Beach, Coffs Harbour) drowned last weekend, 1-2 January 2022.

Surf lifesavers and members of the public took part in multiple rescues up and done the coast, including a nine year-old boy rescued at Brighton-Le-Sands in Sydney, a man pulled from the surf at Sawtell near Coffs Harbour and. three rescues of tourists at Yamba’s Main Beach on the Saturday. As well as the rescue of a group of people whose jet skis rolled in rough seas off Point Danger at the NSW-Qld border on the Sunday.

Monday brought a multi-agency search…...

The Daily Telegraph, 5 January 2021, p.10:

A  search and rescue operation for a missing swimmer at Pippi Beach, Yamba, has been suspended.

The search started on Monday after a member of the public reported a swimmer in distress to the police.

Chris Samuels, Surf Life Saving Far North Coast branch duty officer, said the search was conducted for about 2½ hours before being suspended.

It was a dangerous search due to the weather conditions,” Mr Samuels said. “We performed an extensive search with our duty officer on the scene, the Westpac helicopter, the ambulance and a police fixed air wing to assist.

There was nil person located.” A spokeswoman for NSW Police Coffs Clarence Command confirmed the multi-agency response did not locate a person.

Officers searched the nearby shore line for items and nothing was located,” the spokeswoman said.

Given there is no missing person reported at this stage the search is suspended.” Search operations would be reassessed depending on any new information, she said.

The waters are dangerous and treacherous and we recommend not going in,” the spokeswoman said…..