Lifeguards at Salt check out the massive erosion at their beach.
Lifeguards at Salt check out the massive erosion at their beach.

Stay out of surf warns lifeguard

SALT Beach will remain closed until at least Friday, and lifeguards have warned swimmers and surfers not to enter the rough waters along the coast after fierce storms and flooding bom- barded the Tweed last week.

Abnormally high tides and huge swells have scarred Tweed Coast beaches, cutting up to four metres from the dunes, causing trees and vegetation to collapse.

“The erosion is some of the worst that we have seen and the beaches are covered with debris,” said Far North Coast supervisor with Australian Lifeguard Services, Scott McCartney.

“Salt Beach is the only patrolled beach in the area at the moment and has been closed since Thursday.

“The waves were about three metres on Friday and they have devastated the main walkway at Salt, which has almost washed away, with dune erosion right back to the lifeguard tower.

“Part of the walkway has washed away at Duranbah and there is lots of debris in the water, so it is definitely not safe to surf or swim.

“The water all along the coast is very murky and brown, and it hadn't really cleared up from the storms we had last month, so it could take a couple of months before all the debris washed out to sea.”



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