Emily Harvey, Sandi Davis, McKenzie McKinney-Ross and Maddy Benson enjoying the small surf at Moore Park Beach. Warmer weather in the region has resulted in keen beachgoers and a group rescue of eight people in the Elliott River.
Emily Harvey, Sandi Davis, McKenzie McKinney-Ross and Maddy Benson enjoying the small surf at Moore Park Beach. Warmer weather in the region has resulted in keen beachgoers and a group rescue of eight people in the Elliott River. Mike Knott BUNBCH

Mass rescue at river mouth

EIGHT people were pulled from the water by Surf Life Savers in a dramatic rescue at the Elliott River mouth yesterday morning.

Surf Life Saving Queensland Wide Bay Capricorn regional manager Craig Holden said a group of people were trying to cross over to the island when they got caught in fast-flowing water as the tide went out.

"Another little girl got out of her depth in the same area just after that incident and had to be pulled out of the water as well," he said.

Mr Holden urged people to be careful in the coming weeks as tides rose and fell as tides were larger than usual ahead of the king tides in about a fortnight.

"All we want is people to do is to show a bit of common sense when in the water," he said.

Mr Holden said the incident was the only major rescue on the beaches over the weekend despite huge numbers due to the warmer weather.

Temperatures rose to a scorching 31 degrees yesterday - the hottest temperature recorded for the year.

Mr Holden said the weekend at the beach was "massive".

"We have still had a few problems at Mon Repos because of shark sightings," he said.

Mr Holden said the beach had been closed a number of times to ensure swimmers' safety.

The beaches weren't the only place benefiting from the hotter weather with the region's pools benefiting from those desperate to cool off.

"It is what we had anticipated for the warmer weather," Anzac Pool manager Ian Thomson said

Mr Thomson said regulars and tourists had flocked to the pool over the weekend in a bid to find some relief from the heat.

As predicted, the cooler than average December temperatures are gone with 2011 with the Bureau of Meteorology saying to expect steamy summer weather from now on.

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Michael Knepp said temperatures above 30 degrees would be the norm this week.

"It should be a warm start to the week," he said.

"It will be staying around 30 for the next four to five days."

Mr Knepp said the high temperatures were forecasted despite showers predicted early in the week.

"It might be unsettled," he said.

"We may see a few showers."

QFRS Bundaberg area director inspector Tony Johnstone said that, despite the heat, a declared fire danger period had been revoked.

"It was revoked before Christmas because there was a decent amount of rain," he said.

"We will continue to monitor the situation."

Mr Johnstone said there was plenty of greenery around.

"People should still be careful," he said.

"Make sure to get a permit when you need to."

While Bundaberg did not reach the sweltering conditions faced by places like Birdsville over the weekend, local beaches and pools were still feeling the heat with people arriving in droves to take a dip.



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