Tathra hit by huge swells

HUGE swells of more than four metres in some places hit the east coast late last week closing a number of beaches across the state.

Locally the dangerous surf conditions closed Tathra and Merimbula wharves on Friday and Saturday as recommended by Bega Valley Shire Council’s recently conducted Wharves Risk Assessment.

The swell conditions were generated by a deep low pressure system over the central Tasman Sea.

Surf Life Saving NSW had issued a warning urging all coastal water users to exercise caution in the dangerous surf conditions.

But while the northern end of Tathra Beach was pounded by strong surf over the weekend, the area in front of the surf club was calm.

Life Saving NSW Far South Coast branch president Tony Rettke said this was because Tathra Headland offers protection from southerlies, as the beach in front of the Tathra Surf Life Saving Club is in the lee of the swell. 

In fact he said conditions were “perfect” for the nippers on Sunday. 

The water warmed up several days ago, with the temperature coming in around 22 degrees Celsius. 

Mr Rettke said this Saturday the Same Wave Program, which has been operating for 14 years, will take place down at the Pambula Surf Life Saving Club. 

Any bronze certificate holders can help out on the day, meeting at the Pambula club at 9am.

Mr Rettke also reminded beach goers the paid lifeguard service is in place until the end of this month on Tathra Beach, making it the only beach in the area to be patrolled seven days a week.


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