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Lifesaving volunteers ready for a rest

LAST PATROL: Yesterday marked the end of surf season as surf lifesaver Jack Webb packs away the gear for the last time.
LAST PATROL: Yesterday marked the end of surf season as surf lifesaver Jack Webb packs away the gear for the last time. Zach Hogg BUNSLS

IN ANOTHER sign that winter is coming, the Bundaberg region's surf lifesavers have packed up their gear as they get ready for a break.

Surf Life Saving Queensland Wide Bay Capricorn reg

ional manager Craig Holden said Saturday was the last day of their season.

He said the popular volunteers would be back patrolling the beaches in September.

Mr Holden said the three clubs in the Bundaberg region, plus the Agnes Water club, would have between 150 and 200 patrolling members.

"We will still have the paid lifeguard services operating," Mr Holden said.

The paid lifeguard services would operate at Kellys Beach at weekends and on public holidays.

But Mr Holden said not all surf lifesavers would be taking a break.

"Some of our members are paid lifeguards as well, so they won't have a break," he said.

"And people in management positions will still be working hard."

Mr Holden said most of the patrolling members would turn their attention to their winter sports.

Swimming competitors would also still be training in the pool.

Mr Holden said the season just ended had not been particularly busy.

While he did not have a breakdown of Bundaberg fig

ures, there had been 80 rescues across the whole region, which included Hervey Bay and Yeppoon. That was only slightly up on the 77 for the previous season.

Mr Holden said surf lifesavers in south-east Queensland did a lot more rescues.

He said it was difficult to pick the region's most dangerous beach.

"It depends on the conditions," he said.

"The Elliott River mouth is always a hot spot.

"Sometimes people have to be rescued there."

Mr Holden said Agnes Water could also be a "tricky" beach at times.

"The wind and the tides play a big part," he said.

"We seem to do a few more rescues at Agnes Water."

Mr Holden said while club members may be on a break from the beach, there was still plenty of activity.

"It's not a very long break," he said.

"People will still be maintaining the gear and cleaning the club houses.

"And there's plenty of planning going on."

Topics:  surf lifesaving



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