With nothing but blue sky stretched out before them, the officers know to expect a busy shift. Colourful beach umbrellas, towels and togs already punctuate the golden coastline, as families flock to the water to escape a forecast 28-degree day.
“The harbour beaches were all busy because people were in town for the Bicentenary celebrations,” local resident Peter Gillard recalls.
“I went down for a swim pretty early that day before Balmoral got too crazy.
“It was one of those classic Aussie summer days when you feel lucky to be alive.”