Danger is lurking on the coast
AS the biggest tides of the year wash up on Bundaberg beaches, Bundaberg lifeguards and lifesavers are calling for swimmers to stay safe.
Surf Life Saving Queensland Wide Bay Capricorn regional manager Craig Holden warned that king tides at the end of next week could pose serious dangers for beach-goers.
“We are asking people not to swim in creek and river mouths as the amount of water coming out of there will be huge and moving very fast,” he said.
“The king tides definitely increase the risk of rips and, if the surf picks up, it will be even more dangerous.”
Swimmers who are caught in a rip on patrolled beaches should stay calm and attract the attention of lifesavers or lifeguards.
Those on unpatrolled beaches should swim parallel to the beach to escape the rip.
“Panicking is the worst thing you can do,” Mr Holden said.
He said while it could be hard to identify a rip, there were a few tips for spotting them.
“Look for calmer areas of water between rough patches, check for debris and foam moving out to sea and the water may look dirtier because sand has been pulled up,” Mr Holden said.
With Australia Day approaching, Mr Holden said alcohol and water was a dangerous mix.
“We really don’t want to see people drinking alcohol on the beaches,” he said.