Paramedics have issued a desperate plea for people to take more care in and around the water, following a shocking number of drownings and close calls on the Gold Coast recently.
The Queensland Ambulance Service has received 198 calls for help relating to drowning and near-drowning incidents across the state already this year, with 57 of those on the Gold Coast alone.
Just yesterday, a 13-year-old boy lost his life after coming into trouble while swimming at the Cedar Creek rock pools at Mount Tamborine.
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Senior Operations Supervisor Paul Young said the youngster was playing with a friend when was swept away and disappeared underneath the water.
“The water up there, because of the heavy rainfall, it’s moving quite quickly and he was just swept away,” Mr Young said.
Paramedics, fire crews and police launched a desperate search for the teen, with police divers sadly locating his body several hours later.
“What can be having fun in a rock pool can quickly change, with water just suddenly coming in and filling up and you can get swept away with the currents,” Mr Young said.
“With the recent rain, you really don’t know what’s beneath you, even in creeks and canals and even the ocean, you don’t know what’s out there, so be mindful of your surroundings, be safe, and if it looks too dangerous to go in, just stay out of there.”
Just hours earlier, paramedics were called to the same area after a woman slipped around 100 metres down a waterfall.
She was winched out of the National Park by the rescue helicopter and flown to the Gold Coast University Hospital in a stable condition with leg abrasions.
While on Tuesday, a 16-year-old boy was rushed to hospital in a critical condition after being swept off rocks at Froggy Beach in Coolangatta. Thankfully the teen is now recovering well.
The latest incidents have prompted paramedics to issue a stern warning to holidaying families and locals about the dangerous water conditions following the recent rain events on the Gold Coast.
“In the high temps we have, the cool flowing water looks very inviting, you go in, have a bit of fun, but situations can quickly change, so you need to be very careful” Senior Operations Supervisor Paul Young said.