Fairfax Media Network

Weather News

Drownings, bad weather prompt water warning

Saturday March 16, 2013 - 23:59 EDT
ABC image
Swimmers braved Coogee beach at Sydney today, despite rough conditions closing the beach for a time. - ABC

Two people have drowned and another is missing as authorities in New South Wales warn of dangerous conditions in the water.

Paramedics have been called to about a dozen near-drownings in Sydney on Saturday.

Authorities say a 23-year-old man died after he jumped into a blowhole and was swept out to sea at Warriewood on Sydney's Northern Beaches.

Another 23-year-old man is also missing after he was washed off the rocks at North Curl Curl.

Meanwhile, a one-year-old boy has drowned in a backyard pool at Mulgoa in Sydney's west.

NSW Ambulance Service spokeswoman Jacqueline Levett says most of the beach incidents have been near rocks.

"We're advising people not to take unusually high risks around rocks, most of the incidents appear to be because of weather conditions," she said.

"We also have been advised by the Bureau of Meteorology that we're expecting a southerly change into Sunday morning making these water conditions even worse."


- ABC

© ABC 2013

More breaking news

ABC News
Sydney Morning Herald
National Nine News
News Limited

Display Your Local Weather

Weather News

Drought to be high on agenda of bush councils during talks in St George

11:28 EST

The impact of the drought is expected to be the main theme as Queensland's bush councils hold a major conference today.

Northern Australia baking in near-record winter warmth

11:28 EST

Southeastern Australia may be feeling the chill but the country's north is beginning to bake, in near-record July heat in some places.

Storm warning for WA's Mid West, Gasgoyne, Goldfields

11:19 EST

An unusual weather pattern is bringing storms to Western Australia's Mid West, Gasgoyne and Goldfields today, with residents warned to brace for damaging winds and possible flash flooding.