SURF lifesavers are urging swimmers to use Warrnambool’s main beach after a father and his two sons were caught in a rip at the flume yesterday.
Warrnambool Surf Life Saving Club president Rebel Noter said the two boys swam out of their depth, causing their father to swim out to them on a boogie board. However, the man was unable to swim back to shore, prompting a quick response by beach goers and surf lifesavers.
Mr Noter said the incident served as reminder for locals and visitors alike to use the patrolled main beach.
“That area of Lady Bay to Granny’s Grave is more for surfing,” Mr Noter said. “The main beach is where we want people to swim.”
The warning came as lifesavers’ nerves were on edge yesterday as three rips developed along the beach.
Meanwhile, police and emergency services were seen in the area during the morning after a false report of a person missing in the surf.