A FEMALE surfer has suffered cuts to her head after colliding with another board rider on the Gold Coast.
The 21-year-old woman was surfing at Miami when she was struck in the head by a fellow surfer’s board.
She suffered lacerations to her head and was treated by lifesavers on the beach.
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It comes as tens of thousands of Australia Day revellers flock to the beach to escape the heat.
Surf Life Saving Queensland said it estimates 250,000 people will hit up beaches in the Sunshine State today alone.
Due to the bumper crowds, volunteer lifesavers will patrol beaches on the Gold Coast for extended hours.
SLSQ Chief Executive Officer John Brennan said it was paramount beachgoers swam between the red and yellow flags.
“Whether it’s through complacency, bravado, or simple over-confidence, we’ve seen far too many people risk their lives this summer by swimming outside of the flags or at unpatrolled locations and tragically, not everyone has made it home safely,” he said.
“You wouldn’t get in a car and not buckle your seatbelt, so why risk your life by going to the beach and not swimming between the flags?
“Everyone, from children to the elderly, understand and appreciate the importance of road safety and wearing a seatbelt. We want beach safety, and the act of swimming between the red and yellow flags, to become a habit also.
“This season has proven that it doesn’t matter what gender, age or nationality you are, or your level of fitness, by swimming at an unpatrolled beach, you are putting your life in danger.
“We are encouraging all beachgoers to listen to their loved ones and only swim between the red and yellow flags. Everyone can and should play a role in helping communicate the message to prevent further drownings from occurring.”
Fifteen people have drowned on our beaches already this season. Mr Brennan said one life lost was too many.
“The time for complacency has to end now. Fifteen lives have been lost and hundreds more have been impacted, as family and friends face the reality of life without their loved ones,” he said.