Lifesavers & lifeguards save 112 lives over Easter long weekend
Volunteer surf lifesavers and lifeguards had a busy Easter long weekend, saving the lives of 112 beachgoers across the Sunshine Coast – 66 per cent of which were outside the red and yellow flags.
With deceptively powerful surf conditions forecast across the South East until Wednesday (19 April), SLSQ Sunshine Coast lifesaving services coordinator Jacob Thomson said it remains important for beachgoers and boat operators to stay vigilant about their personal safety.
“We saw a high number of rescues of swimmers, and were made aware of 8 boat roll-overs across the state, over the weekend due to low winds and high swells, with waves gaining powerful energy during lulls,” Mr Thomson said.
Over the Easter long weekend, SLSQ’s lifesavers and lifeguards across Queensland rescued 22 children aged 13 years or under, and an additional 17 swimmers aged between 14 and 18 were plucked to safety.
From Good Friday to Easter Monday, there were 329,350 people on the Sunshine Coast’s patrolled beaches, with lifeguards and lifesavers performing 36,222 preventative actions and 184 first aid treatments.