Media Release

12 Tips of Christmas: Only enter the water at patrolled beaches

Wednesday, 16 December 2020

During December 2019 and January 2020 lifesavers and lifeguards rescued 1,281 people from outside the flagged area.

Lifesaving Services Manager Peta Lawlor said swimming at unpatrolled locations can have deadly consequences.

“105 people have lost their lives on Queensland beaches over the past ten years and all were outside the flagged area,” she said.

“It is important everyone swims between the red and yellow flags as there are lifesavers and lifeguards on duty who can respond quickly should you need assistance.”

Following the recent tragedy at Teewah Beach, Ms Lawlor is particularly calling on campers on remote stretches of the coastline to stay out of the water.

“We often see large numbers of people heading to remote spots like Noosa North Shore, Double Island Point, Fraser Island and North Stradbroke Island to go camping,” she said.

“As tempting as it may be to go for a dip on a hot day, if you get into difficulty in an isolated area it may be some time before help can reach you.

“If you see someone in difficulty at an unpatrolled location, immediately call 000 so emergency services can respond.

“We often see bystanders trying to go in and rescue people, but without a floatation device or rescue equipment they end up in trouble.”

If you do find yourself in trouble in the water the best thing to do is remain calm and float on your back until help arrives.

Throughout the school holiday period SLSQ will have additional roving patrols in identified blackspot areas, aimed at educating beachgoers on the dangers of swimming there.

SLSQ reminds everyone to maintain 1.5 metres social distancing when visiting the beach this summer. 

“She’ll be right, won’t save your life.” Be a legend not a hero this summer by swimming between the red and yellow flags. 

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