Beware of river mouths today, lifesavers warn

LIFESAVERS are warning swimmers to stay clear of rivermouth areas today as the 1.9m king tide starts to retreat rapidly after 11am.

Surf Life Saving Far North Coast director of lifesaving Ben Redman said rivers could be particularly dangerous during the outgoing tide.

"River areas are not patrolled, and with a very very high tide and a very low low tide it doesn't take much to get washed out the rivermouths."

At least two unwary swimmers were rescued by lifeguards on jetskis yesterday in the vicinity of the Brunswick Heads bar after being sucked out from Torakina Beach.

Mr Redman also advised swimmers to take care in Ballina around Missingham Bridge, along The Spit and in the Evans River at Evans Head.

"A lot of people go in the river thinking it is a safe place to swim but the danger is tidal currents."

"Also in those river areas because there's a lot of water moving around you can get deep holes form."

Thousands of swimmers were predicted to descend on beaches across the Far North Coast today with day time maximum temperatures across the Northern Rivers expected to hit between 34 and 41.
 



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