“Please, stay out of the water”; Lifeguards urge people to avoid beaches

Lifeguards have urged Gold Coasters to stay away from beaches today as ex-Tropical Cyclone Seth continues to whip up dangerous conditions.

All beaches have been closed once again, including Main Beach and Point Lookout due to the large and powerful swells and abnormally high tides.

“Off Point Lookout at the moment we are seeing eight metres waves so it’s getting pretty big down here on the Gold Coast,” Lifeguard Brenden Scoffell told Sunrise.


Maximum wave heights reached over nine metres at Tweed Heads overnight.

There were eight rescues on the Gold Coast on Sunday and lifeguards don’t want to see that continue today.

“We’re just urging swimmers to please, stay out of the water,” Scoffell said.

“Don’t surf unless you’re a professional, jet skiers please stay out of the surf zone, just stick to the Broadwater.

“People be careful walking along the beach because we are seeing surges of water down here that are coming up and running back out at least 100 metres.

“So, you might think you’re in knee-deep water, next minute you’re in over your head.

“It’s extremely dangerous.”

The treacherous conditions are expected to stick around for at least the next 48 hours.

“At this stage, we’re not sure when beaches may open, possibly later in the week it just depends what this low does” Scoffell said.

“With the low and the wind we’ll see large swells hanging around for most of this week.

“So, possibly later in the week and into the weekend we might see them open, we’re just not sure at this stage.”

The City is on a ”watch and wait’’’ brief as ex-Cyclone Seth hovers off the Queensland coast.

Mayor Tom Tate said city crews would work to clean up scarping at our beaches once the conditions ease.

“We are prepared. The good news is that the system has weakened slightly from 48 hours ago. The beaches are being hit hard with large swells,’’ said Mayor Tom Tate.

“Our disaster management staff have just done a coastline inspection. The report is that scarping is occurring in places like Burleigh, Narrowneck and Main Beach.

“It is pointless trying to address that scarping now as any sand we locate there will be washed out to sea. Our role is to ensure safety of the beaches and visitors.”