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Surf lifesavers record busy holiday period

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Surf life savers will be patrolling Bundaberg beaches throughout the busy summer period.

In the busiest time of year on Queensland beaches, the state's surf lifesavers and lifeguards played an integral role in keeping more than 1.5 million beachgoers safe during the holiday period.

From Saturday 23 December to Monday 1 January, 285 rescues were performed, along with an additional 41,378 preventative actions.

There were also 2,461 first aid treatments across the 10 days.

In the Wide Bay Capricorn region there were:

  • Total Rescues – 2
  • Total Preventative Actions – 3,315
  • Number of visitors to beaches – 70,772
  • First Aid Treatments – 275

Surf Life Saving Queensland’s General Manager Lifesaving and Education Peta Lawlor said the role surf lifesavers and lifeguards performed should never be underestimated.

“While most people are enjoying some time off at this time of year, surf lifesavers and lifeguards are on patrol, many of them taking time away from their family and friends to keep the community safe,” she said.

“Beaches will continue to [be] popular throughout the month of January, so please keep yourself and your family safe by only swimming between the red and yellow flags at patrolled beaches.”

Following recent heavy rain, swimmers are also reminded to avoid areas which may be affected by stormwater runoff.

“It's common after periods of adverse weather to see debris flowing in and from creeks and rivers,” Peta said.

“This can make waterways dangerous and it is best to avoid these areas until conditions return to normal.”

To find the nearest patrolled beach, visit

Surf Life Saving Queensland safety tips

  • Swim only at a patrolled beach, between the red and yellow flags.
  • Supervise children in and around the water.
  • Don’t be a risk-taker when it comes to the ocean and always swim with a mate.
  • Don’t mix alcohol and drugs when swimming at the beach.

Queensland statewide numbers for the period

  • Total Rescues – 285
  • Total Preventative Actions – 41,378
  • Number of visitors to Queensland beaches – 1,549,759
  • First Aid Treatments – 2,461