Five rescued in choppy seas

THE Elliott Heads Surf Life Saving Club was kept busy on Sunday morning, making five rescues in just a few hours.

High tides combined with strong winds to create havoc in the surf during a four-point nippers carnival that played host to hundreds of young competitors.

Club president David Merefield said the five rescues came about with many people attending the carnival not knowing the extent of the choppy beach conditions.

“We had 20kmh winds and a metre-high wind chop,” Mr Merefield said.

“Everyone was rescued safely, though.”

Mr Merefield said rubber duck and board rescues were hampered by the conditions, and rescue tubes were brought out to help with the effort.

For more coverage and results from the four-point nipper’s carnival, check out the NewsMail’s sports section tomorrow.



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