Intermittent rain then sunny periods kept people guessing as to whether they should head to the beach.

Surf conditions deteriorated later in the afternoon and we saw numerous rips along the coast.  

Beaches throughout the Tweed Shire were patrolled today as were Shelly and Lennox Head in the Ballina Shire, Yamba’s Main Beach and North Beach and Hungry Head at Urunga.

SUMMARY:

Rescues: 5
 
Preventative Actions: 283
 
First Aid: 0
 
INCIDENTS:

Three boys were rescued north of the flags at Kingscliff shortly before 4pm this afternoon. Lifeguards rescued a 14-year-old teenager, and two 10-year-old boys were pulled out of a rip about 50 metres north of the flags.

A 20-year-old European tourist from a rip at The Wreck, Byron Bay at 2.15 pm. He was seen to be in trouble by the crew in a passing lifeguard patrol vehicle. He was brought to shore safely and is better educated about Australian surf conditions.

Lifeguards at Fingal rescued a young boy after he was caught in a rip 20 metres north of the patrolled area.

There were several shark sightings throughout the day in the Byron Bay area.

People were called from the water at The Wreck shortly after 11am when a large shark was seen near surfers.

The shark was chasing baitfish close to shore and the beach remained closed for 30 minutes until the fish moved away. 

Lifeguards were also called to the Suffolk Park area at midday by police after several reports of a shark in that area. A search failed to locate anything.

North Beach, Urunga, was closed from 11.30am after a number of dangerous rips and currents made swimming hazardous.

Tomorrow’s Forecast:

Isolated showers on the coast and in the north, mainly during the morning. Cloudy. Light to moderate north to north-east winds, fresh near the coast in the afternoon and evening. Expected maximum of 25.0.

Today’s Water Safety Tip

There are blue flags usually erected each side of the red and yellow flag; these indicate the boundary of the surfcraft area.  Surfcraft, including surfboards, are not permitted inside the blue flags and must certainly remain outside the swimming area, indicated by the red and yellow flags.