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SLSQ urges caution as hazardous conditions hit the coast

Surf Life Saving Queensland (SLSQ) is urging people to use common-sense and put safety first as the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) issues ‘Hazardous Surf Warning’: Capricornia Coast, Fraser Island Coast, Sunshine Coast Waters and Gold Coast Waters.

SLSQ lifesaving services coordinator Jason Argent  urged any potential beachgoers, to be extra vigilant about their safety.

“We are expecting to see strong winds and large swells and abnormally high tides along the coastline today due to TC Linda.

“On top of that, there’s likely to be large surges of water along the coast over the next few days, which can often lead to dangerous flash rips and strong currents.

“Conditions are expected to be extremely challenging and we’re urging everyone to be cautious, adhere to the warnings and directions given by lifeguards,” he said.

Mr Argent said lifeguards would be closely monitoring conditions and, if needed, would close beaches in the interests of public safety.

“It’s really important to remember that we don’t just close beaches on a whim,” he said.

“If a beach is closed it’s because lifeguards deemed the conditions too dangerous, and allowing members of the public into the water would put their lives at considerable risk.”

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