Lifesavers and lifeguards weren’t handing out presents on Christmas Eve, but their Christmas presence was more important, with the red and yellow army combining today to save 45 lives across the state.
Collectively, they watched over more than 104,000 beachgoers across Queensland, while also performing 11,274 preventative actions to proactively protect swimmers.
Of the 45 completed rescues performed, 33 were on the Gold Coast (including 19 at Surfers Paradise) and seven were on the Sunshine Coast.
In total, 65% of all people rescued were males, while 65% of all rescues occurred outside of the flagged areas.
This Christmas, Surf Life Saving Queensland is urging beachgoers to follow some simple safety tips to help protect themselves in and around the water:
- Swim between the red and yellow flag
- Look for and follow the advice of safety signs
- Ask a lifesaver or lifeguard for advice before entering the water
- Swim with a friend where possible, and keep an eye on each other
- If you find yourself in trouble, stick your hand up for help
- Don’t swim at unpatrolled beaches
- Don’t swim at night or after consuming alcohol
- Keep a close eye on young children in and around the water