Surf Life Saving Queensland (SLSQ) is urging beachgoers to exercise caution in the water across the next 24 to 48 hours, with powerful surf conditions once again forecast on the Gold Coast and across parts of South East Queensland.
Lifesavers are bracing for a busy few days, with temperatures set to hit 30 degrees across the weekend, and surf authorities are desperate to avoid a repeat of yesterday’s tragedy which saw a male body-boarder killed in rough surf at Broadbeach.
The conditions have prompted increased patrols from SLSQ’s Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter Service, which will be proactively patrolling the Gold and Sunshine Coasts today in addition to its regular weekend activity.
Meanwhile, SLSQ Gold Coast lifesaving services coordinator Nathan Fife said lifesavers would be on high alert over the weekend, and encouraged swimmers to be extra cautious in the water.
“We’ve seen some powerful surf over the past few days, and that’s expected to continue throughout today and into the weekend,” he said.
“It’s really important that beachgoers put their safety first at all times and always stay within their limits, particularly if they aren’t confident in the water.
“As always, only swim at patrolled locations between the red and yellow flags,” he said.
Mr Fife encouraged beachgoers to talk to the lifeguards or lifesavers on duty about conditions before entering the water.
“Some beaches may be closed over the weekend in the interests of safety, and if that’s the case we’d really encourage all beachgoers to stay out of the water,” he said.
SLSQ will be closely monitoring the conditions, with a number of surf sports carnivals scheduled to be held this weekend. Contingency plans are in place to shift competition to calmer waters in the interests of safety if required.