A number of beaches across the Gold Coast will remain off-limits today, with conditions still too hazardous for swimmers.
Chief Lifeguard Chris Maynard has told myGC that at this stage, around 20 beaches will reopen, while 13 will remain closed.
He said the surf conditions have settled down and the swell has dropped “dramatically” down to about 1.5 metres in the past 24 hours, but conditions are still quite hazardous.
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“At the moment we do have a few beaches starting to open, most beaches south of Burleigh will be open,” he said.
However, certain beaches up along Breaker Street and Narrowneck will remain closed, along with Burleigh Heads, due to scarping and debris.
Mr Maynard said conditions will improve significantly over the next few days, but has urged residents and tourists to remain cautious.
“It’s so important that when we have these big swell events and conditions if you’re heading to the beach and want to go for a swim, make sure you swim between the flags,” he said.
It comes after a 16-year-old boy was rushed to hospital in a critical condition on Wednesday after being swept off rocks at Coolangatta.
More to come.