SLSQ issues stern warning for swimmers, after ‘concerning’ amount of rescues

Surf Life Saving Queensland has issued a very stern warning ahead of what’s expected to be one of the state’s busiest summers ever.

Today marks National Water Safety Day, and that’s exactly what Lifesavers want to emphasise this season.

The warning comes after a horror weekend on our beaches, with Lifesavers rescuing 32 people across beaches in Queensland.


“This past weekend alone saw our SLSQ services rescue 32 people. That’s 32 people who made it home to hug their loved ones that night,” Queensland Lifesaving Services Manager Peta Lawlor said.

“This number year-on-year has more than tripled, which is of concern for us.

“‘She’ll be right’, won’t save your life. If we cannot see you, we cannot save you,” she said.

With state borders now all but open, Australians are expected to flock into the Sunshine State to enjoy our glorious coastline over the warmer months.

Everyone heading to the beaches – whether tourist or local – is being reminded to swim between the flags, and follow the rules.

“Our top tops is only swim between the red and yellow flags, always ask the Lifesaver or Life Guard for advice and the conditions on that day.

“Always keep hydrated with water and plenty of fluid, always seek shade and always wear sun screen,” Ms Lawlor said.