Lifesavers busy over long weekend

SURF lifesavers pulled a number of swimmers from the surf and, ultimately, closed beaches.

On Friday a group of 12 divers were rescued at the mouth of the river in Elliott Heads.

Surf Life Saving Queensland Wide Bay Capricorn regional manager Craig Holden said two of the divers had to be pulled from the water

“They were very lucky, actually. There is an old navigation buoy and they managed to make it to there and were clinging to that when they were picked up,” he said.

The remaining 10 divers managed to make it to the island, but needed surf lifesavers to bring them back to the main land.

All divers were uninjured.

Also on New Year’s Day, lifesavers at Mon Repos treated a male in his early 20s for suspected spinal injuries.

Mr Holden said the man was pulled from the water after being dumped while using a boogie board.

Mr Holden said the beach, at Moore Park, was closed on a few occasions over the weekend.

“They had a huge problem with erosion early last year and, with the tide, we are getting a few logs and some debris on the beach,” he said.

The Mon Repos beach was closed yesterday morning after a shark was spotted in the water.

Mr Holden warned swimmers to remain on the look out for bluebottles seen on beaches.



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