SIXTEEN people fell victim to Port Macquarie's notorious breakwall tide on Monday and were swept into the mouth of the Hastings River.
No-one was badly injured, but lifeguards were kept busy as swimmers continued to ignore safety precautions and swim between the flags at Town Beach.
One man broke his collarbone when he was smashed against the wall and others left the water cut and bruised.
One boardrider was hit in the face by the board and needed stitches and oxygen.
"It was a very busy afternoon and the surf really got up on Monday," Port Macquarie-Hastings Council senior lifeguard Jamie Martin said.
Conditions were exacerbated by the run-out tide which was swollen by overnight rain.
Four minor rescues were also undertaken yesterday.
Tourists and younger people were among those saved so far this week, the lifeguards said.
People are again being urged to be aware of the breakwall and follow safety precautions and signs.
"Remember to swim in patrolled areas and away from the mouth of the breakwall," Mr Martin said.
"If you are near the breakwall, let the current take you into the river, don't fight the current."