UPDATE at 5:00 PM | ANOTHER three swimmers have needing rescuing from outside the red and yellow flags on the Gold Coast.
Lifesavers on jet skis were forced to rescue the trio, all aged in their 20s, after they became swept up in a tidal current at Burleigh.
Thankfully, all three swimmers were brought back to shore without incident shortly after 3pm.
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Two men in kayaks also needed help on the northern end of the Coast around 4.30pm after becoming caught up in a tidal current.
The latest incidents take the total number of people rescued on Gold Coast waterways today to nine.
Two women were rescued at Miami around 11.30am, while a third was treated for a suspected fractured ankle at Coolangatta.
An 11-year-old boy also needed saving after becoming caught in a rip while body boarding at Tallebudgera Creek just before 1pm.
Surf Life Saving Queensland said the child and the women rescued at Miami were all outside the red and yellow flags when they got into trouble.
Meanwhile, a blue-bottle invasion has forced the closure of two beaches near the NSW border.
Surf Life Saving Queensland says there have been “quite a number of stings” on the southern end of the Coast.
Lifesavers were forced to close the beach at Greenmount and Rainbow Bay on Saturday afternoon due to the large number of blue bottles.
#BLUEBOTTLES Quite a number of stings being reported on the southern end of the #GoldCoast, with surf lifesavers closing the beach at #RainbowBay ? Best treatment is a hot shower or cold ice pack. pic.twitter.com/ZnHiY8HxRE
— Surf Life Saving QLD (@lifesavingqld) December 30, 2017
FIRST at 1:40 PM | THREE swimmers, including a child, have been rescued and a fourth treated for a suspected fractured ankle following separate incidents on Gold Coast beaches.
Lifesavers were forced to rescue two women at Miami around 11.30am on Saturday after the pair became caught in a rip while swimming outside the red and yellow flags.
Thankfully, the women, aged 22 and 55, were brought back to shore safely without incident.
Around the same time, lifesavers treated a 55-year-old woman for a suspected fractured ankle following an incident in the surf at Coolangatta.
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Meanwhile, lifesavers were forced to save an 11-year-old boy at Tallebudgera Creek just before 1pm.
Surf Life Saving Queensland said the child became caught in a rip while body boarding outside the red and yellow flags.
It comes after thousands of locals and tourists flock to the beach to escape the sweltering 30-degree heat.
Lifesavers were forced to close Palm Beach just before 11am after a two-metre tiger shark was spotted swimming close to shore.
It was reopened shortly before 11.30am after the shark “moved out to sea”, a SLSQ spokesperson said.