Lifesavers kept busy with multiple rescues on the Gold Coast

UPDATE at 2:00 PM | LIFESAVERS are warning of the possibility of flash rips on the Gold Coast this afternoon.

Surf Life Saving Queensland has warned potentially deadly rips could form without warning right along the Coast with the change of tides from 2pm.

It comes after a busy morning for surf lifesavers and lifeguards with multiple rescues in Southport and Surfers.


The most recent rescue involved two children at the Broadwater Parklands.

Lifeguards assisted a four-year-old boy and an eight-year-old girl back to shore after they got into trouble while swimming between the flags around 1.30pm.

It comes after a man in his 40s needed rescuing from the patrolled swimming enclosure around 11am.

The man was taken by ambulance to the Gold Coast University Hospital in a stable condition after he swallowed a large amount of water.

Four women in their 20s also had to be rescued after becoming swept up in a tidal current just before 10.30am.

Surf Life Saving Queensland has urged beachgoers to ensure they swim between the red and yellow flags and to be mindful of the conditions, with a change of tide likely to result in flash rips this afternoon.

UPDATE at 11:45 AM | A MAN has been rushed to hospital after being pulled from the Broadwater in Southport.

The man in his 40s is believed to have swallowed a large amount of water while swimming at the patrolled enclosure.

The incident happened around 11am and followed the rescue of four women who became caught up a tidal current.

Lifeguards helped paramedics carry the man on a spinal board from the shore to an ambulance.

The man has been taken to hospital for treatment. He was transported in a stable condition.

FIRST at 10:45 AM | FOUR women have been rescued from a tidal current and fifth has been taken to hospital with a lacerated finger following two separate incidents on Gold Coast beaches this morning.

The first occurred at Surfers Paradise around 9.30am when a woman got her finger jammed in a beach chair.

Lifesavers administered first aid before paramedics arrived and took over treating the woman.

She was taken to hospital by ambulance in a stable condition with a severely lacerated finger.

Then, just before 10.30am, four women in their 20s were swept up in a tidal current at Southport.

Surf Life Saving Queensland said the women were swimming outside the red and yellow flags at the time.

Lifesavers raced into the water and rescued all four women, bringing them back to shore without incident.