SURF Life Saving Queensland has marked the end of their volunteer patrol season yesterday, with a Memorial Day to farewell those who have lost their lives in the surf this season.
SLSQ chief executive officer John Brennan said the Memorial Day was also an opportunity to reflect on the season gone by and pay tribute to those within the surf life saving family who have passed away throughout the past 12 months.
“Each and every year we strive for zero preventable deaths in Queensland waters but, tragically, this hasn’t occurred this season,” Mr Brennan said.
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“Six people have drowned on our state’s beaches this season which, as far as we’re concerned, is six too many. This means there are six sets of families and friends who will never see their loved ones again.
“The most unfortunate part is that all of these drownings occurred outside the red and yellow flagged areas. It really reinforces the need for people to take a moment and think about their personal safety before entering the water at an unpatrolled location,” he said.
Since the season launched in September last year, surf life savers across the state have performed some 10,716 first aid treatments, 370,261 preventative actions and saved 3,139 lives in the process.
Of this, Gold Coast life savers and life guards have performed 997 first aid treatments, 52,432 preventative act4ions and saved 977 lives.