Visitors safe at Kingscliff
SWIMMERS have been told to remain cautious this weekend after treacherous conditions on the North Coast caused one tragic drowning last weekend and beach closures throughout the week.
Salt Village beach lifeguard Peter Baird has warned swimmers to be wary of dangerous surf conditions through to Monday, when swell is expected to drop off.
"The last three or four days it has been quite rough, with all the big open beaches having choppy surf and strong lateral rips," he said.
Mr Baird said the surf was dangerous enough for Salt beach to be closed on Tuesday, remaining off limits to the public until conditions calmed.
The Baxter family from Lane Cove, Sydney, are regular visitors to the north coast, having come up five times in the past three months, and said the surf this week was the most dangerous they have seen.
"On this trip we haven't been able to swim at Cabarita at all, we've had to move down here (to Kingscliff) to swim, where it's a lot calmer," Louise Baxter explained.
Mr Baird urged swimmers to be responsible and safe in order to avoid trouble in the surf.
"You need to be swimming at a patrolled beach and don't go swimming alone," he said.