LIFESAVERS will wrap up their patrols of the Southport Broadwater this weekend following a busy and successful summer.
It was the first Summer that Surf Life Saving Queensland has provided full-time patrol and rescue services at the swimming enclosure, a decision sparked by two fatalities at the location since February 2012.
Chief operating officer George Hill said the trial patrols over summer had been nothing short of a success, with volunteer surf lifesavers and professional lifeguards performing 164 first aid treatments, 1,806 preventative actions and – most importantly – saving 56 lives.
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“Across summer we’ve performed a staggering 56 rescues. That’s 56 lives that have been saved and 56 families who still have their loved ones with them today thanks to the presence of qualified lifeguards and surf lifesavers,” he said.
“We know in the warmer months the parks on the Southport Broadwater are very popular with families and there will always be people swimming in the enclosure.
“Our overall vision as an organisation is to deliver ‘zero preventable deaths in Queensland waters’ and, after witnessing two fatalities, we saw this as an opportunity to work with the Gold Coast City Council and the Queensland Government to provide a safe place for the local community to enjoy both in and out of the water.
“Thanks to the support of Councillor Crichlow and our volunteer members, we’ve been able to actively patrol the swimming enclosure since September last year and the results speak for themselves.”
Volunteer Life Savers will conduct their final patrols for the season at the enclosure this Sunday.