Beaches closed following multiple rescues

UPDATE at 4:00 PM | LIFE savers have reopened three beaches on the Gold Coast, as dangerous conditions begin to ease in some areas.

In an update, Surf Life Saving Queensland (SLSQ) confirmed life savers had performed more than 45 rescues by 4pm. Thirteen people needed saving in just one hour at Burleigh Heads.

Beaches at Tallebudgera and Tugun were closed early on Sunday, while beaches at Burleigh Heads and Surfers Paradise were closed just before 3pm.


A short time ago, life savers announced they had reopened beaches at Tallebudgera, Tugun and Burleigh.

Swimmers are urged to remain close to shore and to swim between the red and yellow flags.

FIRST at 3:15 PM | TWO of the Gold Coast’s busiest beaches have been closed after life savers were forced to rescue more than 20 people from a series of strong rips.

Thirteen swimmers needed saving in just one hour, between 1.30pm and 2.30pm, at Burleigh Heads.

It’s understood most of those were rescued from outside the red and yellow flags.

A further 10 swimmers were pulled from hazardous rips earlier in the day.

Thankfully, no serious injuries have been reported.

The dangerous conditions have prompted life savers to close beaches at Burleigh Heads, and in Surfers Paradise.

Swimmers were ordered out of the water just before 3pm.

Beaches at Tallebudgera and Tugun were closed earlier on Sunday morning.

Life savers are urging swimmers to keep close to shore and swim between the flags at all times.