Warning to beachgoers after spate of rescues on Gold Coast

Lifeguards are pleading with beachgoers to take extra care with dozens of people getting into trouble at Gold Coast beaches this week.

Around 40 people have had to be rescued in the last two days alone.

While a hazardous surf warning is no longer in place, lifeguards warn that conditions are still tricky.


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“Just very unstable. People getting swept off their feet because of strong water coming in, strong waves, and then, unfortunately, getting sucked out,” Nathan Fife from Surf Life Saving Queensland told Nine.

“We’re encouraging everyone, if you are heading to the beach, please swim at patrol locations and between those red, yellow flags, and please look after your kids this Easter.”

Gold Coast beaches have been packed due to school holidays and sunny weather.

They’re expected to get even busier in the coming days with thousands more people expected to flock to the Coast for the Easter long weekend.

“This Easter, like every other Easter, it’s so busy at our beaches all around Australia and we want people to go home safe, enjoy Easter and don’t take risks, because unfortunately, we see people who take risks and unfortunately, it doesn’t turn out good for anyone.”

A few showers are forecast for the Gold Coast each day until Sunday which could keep beach numbers down, but sunny conditions are expected to return by Monday.