Two Gold Coast beaches identified as the most deadly in Qld

Two Gold Coast beaches including the Southport Spit and Surfers Paradise, have been identified as being high-risk blackspots following an alarming number of drownings across the past decade.

The Surf Life Saving Queensland 2016 Coast Safe Report was released today with confronting figures revealing that in the past ten years there has been a total of 81 coastal drowning deaths recorded on Queensland beaches, with 35 (43.2%) occurring on the Gold Coast.

According to the report, in the past 12 months there have been 11 drownings recorded on Queensland beaches, including three on the Gold Coast (Southport Spit, Broadbeach and Southport Main Beach).


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While there were no drownings recorded at Surfers Paradise in 2015/16, it topped the list as the state’s most fatal beach across the past ten years, with eight confirmed drownings recorded at the tourist hotspot since July 2006.

SLSQ chief operating officer George Hill ESM said the organisation would continue to work with the Queensland Government, Council of the City of Gold Coast, tourism operators and beachgoers to improve beach safety on the Gold Coast.

Its strategies over the peak summer months include trials of a night vision surf surveillance camera at Surfers Paradise, and a return of its dusk patrols at the popular tourist spot over the Christmas holidays.

“Moving forward we’ll continue to investigate and explore all options when it comes to saving lives but, at the same time, we’re pleading with all beachgoers to help us out as well,” he said.

“In recent years we’ve expanded our services and significantly increased patrol times and, in doing so, we’ve made it easier than ever before for people to find and swim at patrolled locations.

“Unfortunately, that message clearly isn’t getting through and we’re continuing to see people risk their own lives, and the lives of our patrolling members, by swimming outside of the red and yellow flags.”

Thousands of volunteer surf lifesavers will return to Gold Coast beaches from this Saturday as SLSQ kicks off its 2016/17 volunteer patrol season.