A bodyboarder catches a wave yesterday at Main Beach, Yamba. Lifesavers closed the beach to swimmers as conditions worsened.
A bodyboarder catches a wave yesterday at Main Beach, Yamba. Lifesavers closed the beach to swimmers as conditions worsened.

Wild surf hits coast

By EMMA CORNFORD

HUGE waves pounded Main Beach at Yamba yesterday, forcing its closure and keeping most surfers out of the water.

Yamba surf club patrol captain Rob Imeson said the swell and strong rips were caused by the downgraded cyclone Wati.

"We came down here and closed it first thing (yesterday) morning," he said.

"The waves were hammering the beach and sucking out really hard as well, so because of those big sweeps it just isn't safe at the moment."

Mr Imeson said swimmers were encouraged to use the pool or Whiting Beach where there was no big swell.

"We had a few surfers who were at Convent Beach and were getting swept north to Main Beach. But even they gave up and came in pretty fast because it was really messy out there."

Mr Imeson said conditions were likely to last for the next few days and cautioned swimmers.

"There'll be no-one here on duty (today) and during the week, so people really will be swimming at their own risk," he said.

"People need to be aware of that and avoid going out of their depth."



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