Richmond Valley Council to erect warning signs at Shark Bay
UPDATE 3pm: IT IS not often a news story gets something done so quickly, and in all honesty credit really goes to the residents in Evans Head who saw the need.
Richmond Valley Council has confirmed they will be installing much needed signage to warn people of the swimming dangers at Shark Bay.
"We have been liaising with the Evans Head-Casino SLSC and have agreed an advisory sign is warranted, pointing out Shark Bay is an unpatrolled beach, and there are hazards such as rips, dumping waves, stingers et al," a council spokesperson said.
INITIAL: AFTER having performed over eight rescues at Shark Bay in Evans Head just this year alone, local surfer Isaac Fields wants to see warning signs put up at the popular beach spot.
Back in January The Star reported on his rescue of three young girls out of the rip that had developed on the north side of the bay.
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"They were swimming frantically against the rip and I was surfing just a bit further up," he had told the paper.
"When I asked them if they were okay, they said 'no'.
"One of the girls managed to get herself back to shore but I guided the other two to follow me out past the rip and back to the middle of the bay."
Earlier this week two Year 7 girls managed to save two young children who had also gotten themselves in trouble in the notorious rip.
"The incoming tide is the most dangerous," Mr Fields said.
"It is naturally going to make a rip as the water coming in has to go out somewhere."
Both Mr Fields and his wife Fiona have written and contacted Richmond Valley Council to ask them to install warning signs, especially for holidaymakers who may not know where to look for the rips.
"They said they might do it before next season," Mrs Fields said.
How to identify a rip
However, with the warm autumn weather and school holidays upon us, the temptation of swimming in Shark Bay may be too great.
Evans Head resident Yasmin Trotter explained why swimming in the bay was often preferable to the beach.
"I like to go for a swim at Shark Bay as it's cleaner than Main Beach," she said.
"All the water from the river washes rubbish on the beach, whereas the water at Shark Bay doesn't get that run off."
Despite that Mr Fields advice is for swimmers to go to Main Beach where there are patrols and flags.
How to get out of a rip