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Busy weekend for surf lifesavers across SEQ

Rising temperatures and unstable conditions along the coastline ensured that South East Queensland’s volunteer surf lifesavers were kept busy across the weekend.

Surf lifesavers responded to 34 major incidents across the two days, as tens of thousands of people flocked to the beach to cool down in the water.

At least 39 rescues were performed, with a number of these occurring outside of the red and yellow flagged areas. Some of these rescues included –

  • Four members of the public were rescued by surf lifesavers at Dicky Beach after getting into trouble while swimming on Saturday afternoon.
  • Lifesavers rescued two teenage girls on the Gold Coast, south of Pacific Surf Life Saving Club, after they were caught in a rip. One was treated for a potential spinal injury and the other was treated by surf lifesavers after swallowing a significant amount of water. Both were transported to hospital for further treatment and observation.
  • Lifesavers at Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast completed a mass rescue of five people who found themselves in trouble after being caught in a strong rip.
  • Lifesavers responded to a near drowning at Tallebudgera Creek, pulling a 19-year-old female from underneath the water’s surface approximately 200 metres north of the flags. She was retrieved by lifesavers and returned to shore conscious before being transported to hospital after swallowing significant amounts of water.
  • A female swimmer was pulled unconscious from the water at an unpatrolled location on the Sunshine Coast by an off-duty surf lifesaver, treated on-site, and transported to hospital. She remains in a serious condition.

Surf lifesavers also treated a number of injured beachgoers, including two dislocated shoulders – one at Mooloolaba, and one at Coolangatta – a fractured wrist at Miami Beach, and a suspected spinal injury at Marcoola.

SLSQ wishes to thank all of its surf lifesavers for their work across the weekend in testing and challenging conditions.

The unstable and unpredictable conditions are likely to continue across the coming week with rips, deep holes and gutters all likely to be present along the coast. SLSQ’s Gold Coast dawn patrol crews have noticed an influx of bluebottles along the coast, and swimmers are encouraged to take care.

Beachgoers are strongly urged to put safety first, remain vigilant, and only swim at patrolled beaches and in between the red and yellow flags. It’s highly recommended to always swim with a friend, and those who aren’t confident in the surf should stick to the shallow waters.

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