Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

LIVES ARE AT RISK; Beachgoers Ignore Surf Safety Messages

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

LIVES ARE AT RISK; Beachgoers Ignore Surf Safety Messages

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Byline: Miranda Cashin Life Saving

NEW figures have revealed that one in five beachgoers risk their lives by not swimming between the red and yellow flags, despite continuous warnings.

However, Surf Life Saving Queensland Wide Bay and Capricornia regional manager Craig Holden said the statistics weren't so bleak for the Gladstone region.

He praised the region's beachgoers and said that those that swam outside the flags were in the minority at the region's beaches.

"In our region 95 per cent of people swim between the flags," Mr Holden said.

He said the main issue for the region's beaches was that many of them weren't patrolled.

"There are so many coastal areas to swim in the region and a lot of beaches aren't patrolled. That's probably the main issue."

He said that while they were always looking to expand their patrols, it just wasn't possible at the current time.

"It's very hard to find the resources to start patrolling other beaches, although it's something we'd like to do in the future," Mr Holden said. …

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