Nude man spooks mum and son
A YAMBA woman has told of a terrifying incident at the remote Dump Beach at Yamba in which a man stripped off his clothes and fondled his genitals as he approached her and her seven-year-old son.
Samantha Daley was pushing her son on a boogie board in the foreshore at the southern end of Dump Beach when a man, who had blue shorts on at the time, ‘half walked and half ran’ along the beach heading north on Saturday about 11.30am.
Samantha, who also had her three large dogs with her, said the man reached the northern end of the beach, turned around and came back.
“I kept my eyes on him because I am very conscious of my dogs,” she said.
“He waved and I waved back ... I mean it’s Yamba. He put his gear about 10 metres from our stuff, which I thought was a bit strange, and I thought ‘there’s a whole beach here mate’.
“Next thing he was in the water and he came right near us – that’s when I noticed he had no pants on ... he was about five metres away at this stage. Then he jumped up and kept on playing with it or flicking it (his penis) – he kept on getting closer to us the whole time.
“I just thought ‘oh my God, what am I going to do’. I got really scared – there was no one else on the beach.”
Dump Beach, as it is known locally, is situated between Pippi and Angourie beaches and is only accessible by the coastline itself or a bush track off Angourie Road. It is one of the most remote beaches in the Yamba area. Samantha said her maternal instincts were in overdrive as she urged her son to get out of the water quickly.
“I said ‘okay Jack ... we’re going to go straight up and grab our stuff and race up the beach’.”
Sensing something was wrong, young Jackson kept on looking back at the man as he and his mum rushed up the beach.
“He said ‘now he’s out of the water mum’. I looked back and realised he wasn’t chasing us – he was just standing there looking at us.”
But the duo’s worries weren’t over yet. Samantha and Jackson still had to make their way up a bush track to their car – the whole time fearing being cut off along the track by the creepy stranger.
“He looked very fit and I was just hoping he wasn’t going to chase us,” she said.
“I’m sure the dogs would have done something if I was under any real threat.”
The incident terrified both Samantha and Jackson.
“I will never go there again by myself.”
Samantha said her partner was furious when she told him the story and the family and another male friend went to Dump Beach in search of the man yesterday.
Samantha gave a statement to Yamba police who told her they would try to patrol the beach more. Samantha is a mother of three boys – all under seven – and is six weeks pregnant with a fourth child.