Volunteer surf lifesavers had a busy Easter long weekend, saving the lives of 236 beachgoers across Queensland and 29 on the Gold Coast.
Gold Coast lifesaving services coordinator Nathan Fife said due to deceptively powerful surf conditions, a number of beachgoers and boat operators required help.
“We saw a high number of rescues of swimmers, and were made aware of 8 boat roll-overs across the state due to low winds and high swells, with waves gaining powerful energy during lulls,” Mr Fife said.
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Eight children aged 13 years and under were rescued on the Gold Coast along with 8 swimmers aged between 14 and 18, who were also plucked to safety.
Mr Fife said most of the rescues were of people swimming outside the red and yellow flags.
From Good Friday to Easter Monday, there were 97,328 people on Gold Coast patrolled beaches.