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Big swell forces ships out into Turanganui-a-Kiwa/Poverty Bay

Four log ships currently at anchor.

The MetService issued a Heavy Swell Warning for this district yesterday afternoon.

The strong southerly swell built steadily during the day and was tipped to rise to 4m offshore before easing below warning criteria by this evening.

The swell has forced shipping out into Turanganui-a-Kiwa/Poverty Bay, with four log ships currently at anchor.

BIG SEA: This group of surf lifeguards (above) were pictured negotiating the big swell at The Cut. Picture by Liam Clayton