Lifesavers call for safety first with large surf on the way

Beachgoers are being urged to take care in the surf this weekend, with Tropical Cyclone Tatiana likely to cause large easterly swells along South East Queensland’s coastline over the next few days.

Surf Life Saving Queensland operations support coordinator Jason Argent encouraged all swimmers to stick to the flagged areas.

“We’re likely to see some big waves and an increase in swell over the next 48 hours, particularly on Sunday afternoon leading into Monday,” he said.

“When there’s big surf around, the conditions can obviously become a lot more unstable and unpredictable and, with that in mind, it’s really important for beachgoers to take care when they’re in the water this weekend.

“Lifeguards and lifesavers will be out in force over the next few days to watch over and protect beachgoers, and we’re really encouraging anyone who’s planning a swim in the surf to remain within the flagged areas at all times,” he said.

Mr Argent also encouraged all beachgoers to swim with a friend where possible and keep a close eye on their children while at the beach and in the water.

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