Tony Brosnan (77), of Dunedin, plays with his granddaughter
Emily Brosnan (3), of Christchurch, on an almost empty St
Clair Beach. Photo by Craig Baxter.
Dunedin surf life-savers kept watch over empty beaches at
the weekend as poor weather kept people away from the water.
Despite a break in some of the worst weather on Saturday, few
people were brave enough to enter the water at St Clair
Beach, and only the odd person took a stroll.
St Clair Surf Life Saving Club patrol captain Graeme Newton
said there had been only a ''handful'' of swimmers in the
water, but the life-savers were keeping watch over their
stretch of coastline.
The lack of beach-goers did give life-savers time to practise
their skills and ''eat Christmas cake'', Mr Newton said.
Member Geoff Kemp predicted things would change as soon as
the weather improved.
St Clair surf life-saver Ossian Woods said St Clair Beach was
empty again yesterday as the ''misty, overcast and windy''
weather conditions and ''rough'' sea were ''not ideal'' for
enticing people to the beach.