Lifesavers perform mass rescue after chopper spots ‘hundreds’ of swimmers outside red and yellow flags

SURF lifesavers have performed a mass rescue on the Gold Coast as thousands of locals and tourists flock to the beach to escape the heat on the final day of the Commonwealth Games.

Three adults and a child needed rescuing at Burleigh Heads around 2.30pm.

They had been swept up in a rip while swimming less than 100m outside the red and yellow flags.


The mass rescue came less than an hour after the Westpac Rescue Helicopter spotted hundreds of people ignoring the advice of lifesavers and swimming outside the red and yellow flags.

The large group was spotted swimming outside patrolled sections, particularly between Nobbys and Kirra beaches, and just over the border at Dreamtime Beach.

Earlier, two people were taken to hospital after being pulled from the water at Palm Beach.

A 12-year-old boy also needed rescuing after getting caught in a rip while body-boarding outside the flags at Currumbin around 11am.

Surf Life Saving Queensland is urging beachgoers to remain between the safety flags at all times.