Beachgoers struggle in rough conditions over Christmas break
Follow the directions given by lifeguards or lifesavers on duty."
This is the serious message tweeted by Surf Lifesaving Far North Coast on a hot and sunny Christmas Day.
With many people flocking to the beaches along the Far North Coast, surf lifesavers are concerned as it is understood many swimmers have been in the ocean outside the flagged areas.
One of the beaches where lifesavers have been busy is Sharps Beach at Skennars Head / Ballina.
The SLS tweet said, "Numerous rescues being conducted throughout the Far North Coast.
"Unstable beach conditions exist,
"Please follow all directions given by Lifeguards or Lifesavers on duty. For all aquatic emergencies dial Triple zero."
According to Royal Life Saving, 248 people drowned across Australian between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020, and of those, 89 occurred in NSW.
Surf Lifesaving FNC have been contacted for further comment.