A boy, believed to be aged 10, was rescued from the “vicious” surf at Hot Water Beach this afternoon after he was reportedly caught in a rip and washed out to sea.
Mark from Hotties, a restaurant and café near the beachfront, was working at the café when the rescue occurred about midday.
“A young boy got caught in a rip and somebody called 111.” He believes the boy's mother was watching from the shore when the boy was washed out to sea.
“A surfer came over and grabbed him or he would have drowned.”
Mark says there was a fire engine and an ambulance at the scene.
He says there is a large swell forming and there are no lifeguards patrolling the beach. “It [the surf] is vicious, it's crazy, stupid.
“It's low tide now and people get hot in the pools and then they go out and swim. The rips are right in front of where the hot pools are and it just drags them out."
He admits he would be tempted to surf with today's conditions, “but I wouldn't send my 10 or 11 year old son out there”.
Mark says plenty of tourists come to Hot Water Beach during the weekends and says the beach needs to be patrolled 24/7.
“Something needs to be done about it. We had five people almost drown last week. It's just crazy. But you know nothing will happen until somebody drowns.
“They need to have a guard on the weekends.” He recently heard a surf lifeguard say they have had 60 rescues so far this year.
A strong wind advisory is in place, with MetService reporting southwesterly winds reaching 25 knots, and 35 knot gusts.
Winds are expected to ease to a southerly of 20 knots early this afternoon. Rough sea will ease early this afternoon.