Volunteer surf lifesavers will patrol Gold Coast beaches one last time this long weekend, before Surf Life Saving
Queensland’s (SLSQ) 2019/20 patrol season officially comes to an end on Monday.
This season, SLSQ members saved more than 700 lives across the state’s beaches, including 429 on the Gold Coast.
Since the September school holidays and start of May, more than 320,000 hours had been dedicated by volunteers to protecting the lives of beachgoers.
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This season has been like no other with lifesavers not flying the red and yellow flags for the past five weeks due to the COVID-19 pandemic, however throughout this period volunteers have continued to ensure beachgoers safety by conducting surveillance patrols.
SLSQ Lifesaving Services Coordinator Gold Coast Nathan Fife said it had been a challenging end to the season for the state’s volunteers who had performed a remarkable job.
“We could not be prouder of our surf lifesaving volunteers,” he said.
“Their efforts over the past eight months have to be commended, especially in light of some difficult circumstances.
“Our members have continued to man their post throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and remained committed to our vision of zero preventable drowning deaths in Queensland public waters.
“The work of our lifesavers has been nothing short of remarkable, especially when you consider the number of lives saved this season.”