Stinger nets to remain on NQ beaches for at least two more weeks

All marine stinger nets from Port Douglas to Mission Beach will remain in place until at least the end of May, according to Surf Life Saving Queensland (SLSQ).

SLSQ North Queensland regional manager Col Sparkes said lifeguards were continuing to conduct regular drags at Cairns beaches and the stinger nets would only be removed when it was deemed safe enough to do so.

“Unfortunately we’ve continued to find stingers in the water over the past few weeks and, at this point in time, it’s simply not safe enough to remove the nets,” he said.

“With that in mind, it’s really important that people are putting safety first at all times to ensure they give themselves the best chance of avoiding a potentially nasty sting.

“Swimmers are strongly urged to only swim within the stinger nets and between the red and yellow flags and cover up by wearing protective clothing such as a wetsuit or lycra body suit,” he said.

Mr Sparkes said that SLSQ would continue to monitor the conditions and conduct regular stinger drags over the next two weeks before determining when the stinger nets would be removed.

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