Lifeguards are calling for caution along the Bay coastline today
as a king tide and large swells have created dangerous
Surf Life Saving Eastern
Region Lifesaving Manager Leigh Sefton says beach-goers should take
extra care and stay away from the water's edge.
"People shouldn't consider
swimming in these conditions we're experiencing at the moment," he
At Mount Maunganui, lifeguards
have already moved some children to safety that were close to being
swept out by large waves.
The king tide has waves
rolling up as high as the grass banks and the Mount base track,
which the council has temporarily closed along with Leisure
Lifeguards are advising people
to stay out of the water and, as there is no area considered safe
for swimming at present, there is no flagged patrol area running
until the conditions are reassessed throughout the day.
"Lifeguards are still around
the clubhouse, so don't be afraid to go and talk to them and ask
for any advice. A flagged patrol area will be set up as soon as it
is deemed safe to do so."
Mr Sefton says the king tides
and large swells are creating dangerous conditions along much of
the Bay coastline and up through to the
"Currently, the waves at
Whiritoa are around 8-10 foot, he says.
"If you are out along the Bay
coastline today, please be vigilant and on high alert for large
incoming waves and make sure children are kept within arm's reach
at all times.
for more information and safety
A king tide and large swells have created dangerous
conditions along the Bay coastline today, including Mount
For more information, please contact:
Lisa Smith, Media & Communications Specialist,
Phone 09 303 9335 or 0276 488 823