TWO young children have needed rescuing after becoming caught out in a strong rip at a Gold Coast beach on day one of the September school holidays.
The kids, a boy and a girl both aged 9, were swimming about 50 metres outside of the red and yellow flags at Nobbys Beach when they got into trouble on Saturday morning.
Gold Coast lifesaving coordinator Nathan Fife said lifesavers were required to use a rescue board and a rescue tube to retrieve the children from the rough surf.
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Fortunately, they were brought back to shore without any incident.
The close call comes a day after Surfers Paradise was named the most dangerous beach in Queensland, with eight drownings in the past decade.
Queensland’s surf lifesavers returned to Gold Coast beaches today, marking the start of the patrol season.
More than 3000 volunteer lifesavers will patrol the state’s beaches for the next nine months.