Powerful surf pounding NSW coastline

Swimmers, fishers and boaties in NSW are being told to be extra cautious as the state’s coast is pounded by a powerful southerly swell.

The Bureau of Meteorology issued a hazardous surf warning on Monday for much of the state’s coastline including Byron Bay, Coffs Harbour, Hunter, Sydney, Illawarra, Batemans Bay and the Eden Coast, and a strong wind warning for closed waters in Sydney.

Beachgoers have been advised to stay out of the water and to avoid walking near surf-exposed areas, while rock fishers should avoid coastal rock platforms.

Boaters are also being urged to carry appropriate safety equipment and wear a life jacket.

“Although it is shaping up to be a beautiful day on our coastline it is crucial that beachgoers take the time to assess the conditions before heading out as they can change very quickly,” NSW Surf Life Saving’s Andrew Ugarte said in a statement on Monday.

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