Man swept out to sea on NSW coast

Joann Johnston
February 21, 2018

Hazardous surf warnings are in place and beaches are closed along the New South Wales and southeast Queensland coasts after large swells and unsafe currents were seen over the weekend.

Surf conditions are once again expected to close beaches across south-east Queensland on Monday.

Only three Gold Coast beaches remained open on Saturday.

A hazardous surf warning remains in place across the Gold and Sunshine coasts and Fraser Island for the weekend.

"(So, we're) just warning people - please, if the beaches are closed this morning, please stay away and definitely for the surfers - only experienced surfers out there today". Maroochydore, Kawana, Boardwalk on the Sunshine Coast as well as Point Lookout Main Beach on North Stradbroke were also closed.

The Westpac Rescue Helicopter was brought in and Surf Lifesavers helped in the search for the man, but there was no sign of him before darkness fell.

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The man fell off his jet ski in the unsafe conditions and spent significant time in the water before being rescued.

Several beaches were closed over the weekend, with heavy swells and surf hitting Australia's east coast in the wake of Tropical Cyclone Gita.

Meanwhile, a recovery operation continues to find the body of a swimmer who went missing in rough surf on the NSW north coast on Saturday.

Police say the 22-year-old was caught in a rip.

"One guy made it back to shore and the other guy was about 30 metres - 40 metres out to sea, getting smashed by waves", Mr Fife said.

"Emergency services are looking for this young man, we are always putting our hope out there but it has been a significant amount of time since this gentleman disappeared".

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