Packed Gold Coast beach evacuated after shark sighting

A shark sighting about 100 metres from the shore has forced the evacuation of a popular beach on the southern Gold Coast today.

Qld surf lifesavers cleared swimmers from Greenmount Beach in Coolangatta after the shark was spotted about 10.00am.

At the time, the beach was packed with thousands of holiday-goers making the most of the glorious Gold Coast sunshine.


The beach has since been given the all-clear with swimmers allowed to return to the water.

Lifesavers have had a busy morning, especially in Surfers Paradise, with more than nine people being rescued from the surf.

It’s understood strong currents are posing a serious safety risk, with swimmers being urged to “make sure their feet stay on the ground at all times” and to “always swim between the flags.”

Lifesavers on jetskis have also rescued a 45-year-old man and 55-year-old man after they came intro trouble whilst open water swimming at Narrowneck today.

Meanwhile, a 42-year-old man has been treated by lifesavers for a suspected spinal injury after he fell from his board and hit his head at Mooloolaba.

A 47-year-old female jet-ski rider was also treated for a suspected spinal injury at Maroochydore.

The man and woman have both been transported to hospital by Queensland Ambulance.