North Cronulla surf tower moved as huge waves washed away beaches

Huge waves hit the popular Sydney beach and sparked a desperate midnight rescue operation.

Powerful waves hit the southern beaches of Sydney, forcing one local council to remove an important observation post for the night.

The North Cronulla lifeguard tower was raised from its precarious position on the edge of a severely damaged stretch of beach that became unstable over the weekend due to particularly strong coastal waters.

A crane hired by Sutherland County Council lifted the structure off the edge of a steep cliff on Monday evening as a large crowd watched.

The move came with a warning from the council that caution and possibly alternative routes would be required if residents and visitors plan to reach the beaches of Beit Bay after weeks of inclement weather.

“The council continues to assess the damage to the sea wall at North Kronulla and a work plan is being developed to urgently strengthen the sea wall, which is expected to begin within a few days,” a spokeswoman for the council said.

Access to the adjacent part of the Esplanade will be restricted during the works.

A number of access roads to the beach also remain closed in the interest of public safety.

Ocean waves eased somewhat by Wednesday, but the council said it would continue to monitor weather and surf conditions to assess when sand replenishment work could take place along Beit Bay’s most visited beaches.

The council also told people that they would maintain routine surveillance of their beaches.

“Sutherland County Council wants to reassure beachgoers that the demolition of this tower will not affect the safety of the beach,” a spokeswoman for the council said.

“Council lifeguards will maintain the same level of visual surveillance that is typically provided during the winter months with Coastalwatch surf cameras installed along Council patrolled beaches.”

Recent rains and huge waves have left many of Sydney’s beaches badly eroded and rock exposed, including at Coogee and Maroubra.

The Bureau of Meteorology says high levels are currently over the Great Australian Bight and will work with a wide area of ​​low pressure off the coast of New South Wales to increase southerly winds in coastal waters on Wednesday and Thursday.

A storm warning is in effect for most of the coast of New South Wales on Wednesday and Thursday, including Sydney and the Illawarra regions.

Waves with a height of 1 to 2 meters are expected on Wednesday morning, and in the afternoon they will increase to 2-3 meters.

The wave is expected to intensify on Thursday, when the sea level will be between 2.5 and 4 meters.

Originally published as Mission Urgent: Monster Surf Threatens Sydney Beach Icon