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Stinger nets removed from North Queensland beaches

Stinger nets have been removed from North Queensland beaches this week, between Port Douglas and Mission Beach.

The removal of the nets signals the end of the high-risk stinger season, with no captures recorded during drags since April.

However, Surf Life Saving Queensland Regional Manager North Queensland Rob Davidson urged beachgoers to remain vigilant about their safety in the water.

“Lifeguards have been conducting drags in and around the nets in recent weeks without any captures,” Mr Davidson said.

“However, it’s important beachgoers remain cautious when entering the water, and only swim between the red and yellow flags.

“By swimming only at patrolled locations, lifeguards or lifesavers will be able to assist if an incident does occur. If we can’t see you, we can’t save you.”

Mr Davidson also advised swimmers to wear protective stinger suits or rash vests, to minimise the negligible risk of contact with stingers.

“As a bonus, you will have also protected yourself against the harsh North Queensland sun.” The removal of stinger nets across Townsville beaches was also completed this week.

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