Sunday, 28 February 2010

Lifesavers evacuate Warrington Beach, Domain

Lifesavers evacuate Warrington Beach, Domain

by 'Blueskin News' editors

Members of Warrington Surf Life Saving Club evacuated Warrington beach
and the adjacent camping area on Warrington Domain after hearing a
tsunami alert for coastal New Zealand. The life guards, lacking any
legal status, used powers of persuasion to encourage people to leave.

The beach was cleared by 8.30am on Sunday and the last campers had
left the domain by 9am.

Life guards have declared a 'no swimming' status for the day and the
normal surf patrol scheduled between 12 noon and 5pm has been
re-rostered to patrol the entrances to the beach area for the entire
day.

A large crowd of sightseers, including several visiting German
high-school pupils staying at a local school camp, had gathered at
high points along Warrington's Esplanade to watch for waves arriving
at the beach.

Two walkers who went on to on the beach with a dog after ignoring
warnings about 9am were spoken to by the Police and returned to high
ground.

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