On December 17, 1967, our then Prime Minister, Harold Holt,
went for a swim at Cheviot Beach.
He never returned or his body been found.
Last week was the first time I had ever seen this infamous beach.
Even on a calm, fine day the surf was rolling in from Bass Strait
The Point Lonsdale lighthouse marks the western side of The Rip.
All sea-born vessels need to negotiate this narrow and shallow stretch
of water which can be as shallow as 5 metres.
My school days memories tell me it was/is 6 fathoms deep.
Reefs projecting from the two points reduce the navigable width to about 1 kilometre .