Record number of beach rescues
HEAVY surf combined with the first sunny day in weeks added up to an extremely busy weekend for the state's surf lifesavers.
NSW Surf Life Saving responded to a record 774 number of rescues across NSW and it appears one drowning may have occurred with a missing teenager at The Entrance on the Central Coast.
"It was a huge day," Lifesaving Manager Dean Storey said.
"Patrols everywhere were ulling people out of the water all day."
The big conditions meant some beaches were closed yesterday, but that didn't stop big crowds from enjoying the great conditions and many found themselves in trouble in no time.
One surfer trying to make the most of the big waves at an unpatrolled beach in the Illawarra ended up leaving the beach because he was tired of hauling people out of the surf.
He'd helped five swimmers back to shore in an hour.
"Swimming at unpatrolled beaches is very dangerous, particularly when conditions are bad," he said.
Sadly a 15 year-old swimmer is missing after getting into trouble at The Entrance just before 4pm.
Surf Life Saving assets searched until last light and have continued the search this morning.
"Surf lifesavers have done a great job," Mr Storey said.
"It's scary to think how many people were in serious danger, but our patrol members have done themselves proud."