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The Watonga Rocks are named from the steamer that was wrecked here many years ago. It remains a dangerous stretch of sands where rips suddenly appear and the sand is stripped form under your feet.

It is thought that sand caving away under a woman carrying a toddler was what dragged them into the surf. We arrived in the rescue boat soon after to join the surf rescue inflatables searches. A coordinated search from land, sea and air was quickly mounted that combed the area from sand to deeps. At dusk the spotter plane reported dolphins trying to push an object to the surface, but we found nothing there as darkness fell. At first light we searched again, but no trace of them was ever found. On rugged days here, the voices of those the white water has taken can be imagined.