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SLSQ urges caution in the surf following periods of heavy rain

With heavy rain and turbulent weather continuing to batter the South East, Surf Life Saving Queensland has appealed to swimmers to use common-sense and avoid putting themselves in potentially dangerous situations.

SLSQ chief lifeguard Greg Cahill said the surf conditions along Queensland’s coastline could be ‘deceptively dangerous’ following days of heavy rain and winds.

“The surf conditions over the next couple of days are likely to be unstable and unpredictable, so it’s really important that people continue to put their safety first at all times and only swim at patrolled beaches between the red and yellow flags,” Mr Cahill said.

“The same goes for rivers, river mouths, estuaries and streams which could all be experiencing similarly hazardous conditions across the weekend,” he said.

A number of beaches across South East Queensland were closed on Friday in the interests of public safety and Mr Cahill urged would-be swimmers and surfers to respect this decision and steer clear of the water.

Lifeguards will continue to monitor conditions closely over the coming days and would reopen beaches only if and when conditions were deemed safe to do so.

While the murky waters make it harder to predict conditions, Mr Cahill said they also hide a less likely, but equally as dangerous, hazard.

“The recent rain could have potentially dislodged dirt, tree logs, rubbish and branches and eroded sandbanks, all of which may be hidden in the murky waters and not visible to the naked eye, so it’s really important for anyone venturing into the water to exercise extreme caution.”

“The debris that has become dislodged could also create a haven for fish, which in turn can attract sharks,” he said.

As a result of the dangerous conditions, SLSQ has also announced it will postpone Round One of the Ocean Roar IRB series, which was due to be held on the Gold Coast this weekend.

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