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Almost 100,000 People Hit Queensland Beaches, but Only One Rescue for Lifesavers

An estimated 96,000 people visited patrolled Queensland beaches on Saturday and while the attendance figures are not a record, the fact that lifesavers and lifeguards were only called into action once is noteworthy.

The hotspots were Noosa, which attracted about 7400 beachgoers, Mooloolaba Spit, which drew roughly 4250 people, Burleigh Heads, which hosted 3380 visitors, and Moreton Island with 3280.

The sole rescue for the day, as of 4pm, took place at Peregian Beach on the Sunshine Coast, where lifesavers helped a 32-year-old woman back to shore after she got into trouble while swimming more than one kilometre outside of the flags.

Otherwise, lifesavers and lifeguards were only required for minor duties, including 109 first-aid treatments, which included 59 bluebottle stings, as well as 3100 preventative measures to safeguard swimmers against getting into trouble.

“The warm weather and school holidays are definitely keeping our lifesavers and lifeguards on their toes, with large crowds flocking to beaches right across the state,” a Surf Life Saving Queensland spokesman said.

“We’ve seen only the one rescue so far, which has been a good result considering how many people are out and about on Queensland beaches.

“But there are still a number of rips up and down the coast, and conditions can change quickly.

“So we’re strongly urging anyone heading to the beach these holidays to only swim at patrolled locations and between the red and yellow flags where surf lifesavers and lifeguards can keep an eye on you.”

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