One of the Gold Coasts most popular beaches has been identified as being a high-risk blackspot following an alarming number of drownings across the past decade.
Surf Life Saving Queensland today released its 2018 Coast Safe Report, highlighting drowning and safety trends on Queensland beaches and within inland waterways across the past 12 months and 10 years.
According to the report, there have been 75 drownings on Queensland beaches across the past 10 years, including 27 on the Gold Coast.
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Surfers Paradise ranks alongside Green Island as the two most common beaches for drownings in Queensland over the past decade, with each beach recording six drowning deaths.
In good news, for the second straight year there were zero drownings recorded on Gold Coast beaches, despite increased crowds during the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
“It’s the second straight year with zero drownings recorded on Gold Coast beaches, which is a fantastic outcome for the community,” SLSQ Gold Coast lifesaving coordinator Nathan Fife said.
“The past year was one of the most difficult and challenging that we’ve ever faced, with record crowds and increased tourists flocking to the Gold Coast during the Commonwealth Games.”
Mr Fife said that “while zero drownings is a great result, the job’s not done yet.”
“We’ll continue to push forward with new strategies and services to help increase protection in and around Gold Coast beaches,” he said.
Thousands of volunteer surf lifesavers will return to Gold Coast beaches from this Saturday, as Surf Lifesaving Queensland kicks off its Summer patrol season.
The season launch will see local lifesavers from Southport down to Rainbow Bay raise the red and yellow flags on Gold Coast beaches every weekend and public holiday until May 2019.
Gold Coast Council lifeguards will continue to patrol on weekdays and at selected locations on the weekend.
Sadly, while there were zero drownings recorded on Gold Coast beaches last year, there was one drowning at Currumbin Creek.