12 Tips of Christmas: Know your limits
The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a hazardous surf warning for Sunday (13 December) and Monday (14 December) from Hervey Bay to the Gold Coast.
Lifesaving Services Manager Peta Lawlor said beachgoers need to exercise extreme caution over the coming days.
“Majority of South East Queensland beaches have been closed due to the dangerous surf conditions,” she said.
“Conditions can be much worse than they look. If a beach has been closed, it has been assessed as unsafe and you should not go in the water.
“By entering the water, you are not only putting your life at risk, but also potentially the lives of those who come to rescue you.”
Ms Lawlor said conditions were likely to peak on Sunday afternoon and continue into Monday.
“Even if you aren’t planning on going in the water, you’ll need to remain vigilant as beach erosion and costal inundation is anticipated due to the significant wave heights. Abnormally high tides are also expected,” she said.
“When there are dangerous surf conditions it is important to stay within your limits, adhere to safety messaging and ask a lifesaver or lifeguard if you have any questions.”
All Gold Coast beaches have been closed today due to the dangerous conditions, majority of Sunshine Coast beaches are also closed.
SLSQ reminds everyone to maintain 1.5 metres social distancing when visiting beaches this summer.
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