A great morning on all our beaches but the stronger southerly wind hit the northern NSW coast around lunchtime and that made for choppy conditions and a few strong rips.
The wind also cleared the beaches and only the diehards stayed after lunch.
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.
Preventative actions: 257
First Aid: 9.
Lifeguards at Kingscliff (Tweed Shire) were kept busy on the first day of lifeguard patrols with eight (8) rescues performed by them.
At 12.22pm, four young girls from Brisbane were caught in a strong rip north of the patrolled area and lifeguards used a rescue board and a rescue tube to bring them back to shore.
Later, at 3.12 pm, two young boys and two young girls were caught in the same rip and lifeguards attended and brought them to shore safely.
Also at Kingscliff, a 26-year-old man was treated for a serious laceration to his head after he was struck by his surfboard. He was stabilised by lifeguards before being transported to a nearby medical centre.
A man visiting Lennox Head was rescued at 12.30pm when he was caught in a rip south of the flags whilst riding his body-board.
Lifeguard Kayla Laverty was kept busy with big crowds and warned 49 people about swimming in rips outside the flags.
Lifeguards at North Beach, Urunga, were kept busy, warning at least 25 people about swimming in dangerous locations.
A further 40 people were warned at Kingscliff, whilst Pottsville lifeguards cautioned 26 swimmers.
Lifeguards on duty at the Surf Rescue Communication Centre at Lighthouse Beach (Ballina) responded to reports of a large snake on the beach near a group of people.
Lifeguards located a 1.5 metre brown snake and kept people away until it moved into the dunes.
Isolated showers, clearing. Light south-easterly winds tending light to moderate north-easterly in the afternoon. Expected maximum of 230.
Today’s Water Safety Tip: The red and yellow flags signify the safest swimming location on the beach and the location of the lifeguards and lifesavers – this is the best place to swim.