Beach incident sparks social media debate

SOCIAL media was abuzz with speculation this week following an altercation between two Coffs Harbour City Council rangers and a dog-walker at Sawtell Beach.

On Tuesday morning two rangers, aged 29 and 58, approached a 51-year-old Boambee man who was in the surf with his German shepherd dog at Murrays Beach.

The rangers drove their four-wheel-drive into the water and while talking to the man the vehicle became swamped in the high tide.

Coffs Harbour Police were called by council rangers in relation to an incident at 10:30am

Police said while the rangers were talking with the dog owner, a 44-year-old Sawtell man allegedly became aggressive toward them.

The man was arrested and charged with hindering and harassing police, assaulting police and resisting arrest.

He will appear in the Coffs Harbour Local Court on June 22.

Coffs-Clarence LAC crime manager Detective Inspector Darren Jameson said police investigations into the incident are continuing.

"We are encouraging anybody who has information to share on this incident to come forward to police and contact the police station," he said.

To report information call Coffs Harbour Police Station on 6691 0799 or alternatively Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.