Dangerous surf conditions are expected across most of the NSW coast.
Dangerous surf conditions are expected across most of the NSW coast. Jay Cronan

SLS issues dangerous surf warning

SURF Life Saving is advising swimmers, surfers, rock fishermen and boat skippers to take extreme caution as dangerous surf conditions are expected across most of the NSW coast on Wednesday 20 July – Sunday 24 July.

Dangerous surf conditions are expected to affect beaches, rock shelves/headlands, and river bar crossings, with a swell of over 4m in height and up to 12 seconds in ‘period’.

These large waves will create dangerous conditions for swimmers, surfers, rock fishermen and boaties.

“People need to take extreme care when visiting the coastline in the coming few days,” SLS NSW Lifesaving Manager, Dean Storey, said.

“The indications are that this could be the biggest swell event this year, peaking on Friday.”

To avoid putting themselves at risk, the following is advised:

  • Rock fishermen should avoid fishing on the open coastline
  • Novice surfers should avoid the ocean
  • Boaties should seek local maritime advice regarding bar-crossings/weather and exercise extreme caution
  • People are advised to swim only at patrolled beaches, between the red & yellow flags – no flags = no swim.


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