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ANNIVERSARY OF BONDI’S WORST DAY

 

This weekend – February 6/7 - is the anniversary of the worst day ever at Bondi Beach. Exactly 78 years ago a giant wave hit the beach and demolished a sand-bank on which hundreds of surfers were standing in waist-deep water.

Five people drowned and over 200 were pulled from the water, many of them needing urgent resuscitation. But for the quick work of the surf-lifesavers, beach inspectors and experienced volunteers, the death toll would have been higher.

A particularly large crowd was at the beach that day, taking advantage of the warm weather and what seemed perfect beach-conditions. (Also the Empire Games were scheduled to start, and there were many visitors in Sydney and at Bondi for the events.)

It was the largest mass-rescue in Australian beach-history, and also the most tragic.

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