Shark scare proves fake for Gong lifeguards

A false shark sighting triggered by a pod of dolphins was the most exciting event to hit North Wollongong Beach on Wednesday as rain and cool weather kept most people indoors.

Lifesaver Jessica Hypatidis, who travelled from Campbelltown with her sister Sarah, said other than the faux-shark the beach had been quiet ‘‘rescue-wise’’.

‘‘One of our lifesavers noticed something so we thought we’d check it out,’’ she said. ‘‘We searched the area and there was nothing, just a lot of seaweed and a pod of dolphins.’’

Along with their fellow lifesavers, the Hypatidis sisters brought the Christmas spirit to the beach with a feast of ginger bread, prawns, nuts, short bread and raspberries.

‘‘We’ve got to make the most of everything,’’ Jessica said.

A festive Rhett Russell stands guard at Thirroul.

About 1pm, there were an estimated 25 people making the most of the holiday and hitting the surf at North Wollongong.

According to the Bureau of Meteorology, an upper level trough brought a rain band from northwestern NSW to the central coast on Wednesday. A low pressure system was expected to develop off the central coast on Thursday, before moving rapidly away early on Friday. 

Temperatures for Wollongong are expected to remain in the low 20s for the rest of the week until the mercury climbs to 26 on Saturday. The minimum is expected to remain at 19 degrees until Monday’s predicted drop to 16 degrees.

Southern Highlands  can expect slightly warmer maximums, with 26  for tomorrow and 31 on Saturday.

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