Surf Life Saving Queensland is renewing calls for beachgoers to make surf safety a family affair this Easter, urging parents to keep a close eye on their young children in and around the water.
The calls come after an 11-year-old boy almost drowned at Broadbeach last weekend.
Surf Life Saving Gold Coast coordinator Nathan Fife said surf lifesavers had enough on their plates already without having to act as babysitters while on patrol.
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“The majority of people are really good but, unfortunately, we’re continuing to see some situations where parents will drop their kids off at the beach and then drive off and leave them alone for a few hours, which is a recipe for disaster,” Mr Fife said.
“We know there’ll be a lot of families out enjoying the Easter break and we’re calling on all parents to not only set an example by swimming between the red and yellow flags, but to also hang around and supervise any of their young children in the water as well.
With the Easter holidays being one of the busiest periods of the year for lifesavers and lifeguards, SLSQ has boosted its services and will be rolling out extended jet ski and helicopter patrols over the next week.
SLSQ’s dusk patrols at Surfers Paradise will also return over the Easter long weekend, with lifesavers stationed at the identified blackspot from 5:30pm through to 10pm each night from 13-16 April.