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Big waves... not a good time to surf

Monday April 22, 2013 - 09:44 EST

There are continued warnings about dangerous seas on the New South Wales far south coast.

Although most swimmers, fishers and boaters avoided the five to six metre waves at the weekend, one 13-year-old surfer did not heed the warnings.

He was winched to safety by the Rescue Helicopter at Narooma early yesterday morning.

Far South Coast Director of Lifesaving, Andrew Edmunds, says the teenager was rescued because he did not have the strength to swim to shore.

“You can have a lot of fun in very large surf but you really must know what you are doing and know your abilities and your competencies,� he said.

“A lot of people do tend to overestimate their abilities and think that they're invincible.

“But as we've seen time and time again, Mother Nature's a force that you just shouldn't reckon with.�


- ABC

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