Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Surf Season Starts; Emergency Response Group Launched

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Surf Season Starts; Emergency Response Group Launched

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Byline: Gemma Abela

THE red and yellow flags will once again be dusted off and planted into the sand, as volunteer surf lifesavers return to protect the region's beaches today.

Surf lifesavers and lifeguards will watch over Nielson Park, Moore Park, Elliott Head and Agnes Water beaches every day over the September school holidays.

Surf Life Saving Queensland (SLSQ) Wide Bay Capricorn regional manager Craig Holden said the region's beaches would then be patrolled on weekends and public holidays until the May long weekend next year.

Despite the weather forecast for this weekend not looking the best, Mr Holden said the start to the lifesaving season should still be smooth.

C[pounds sterling]Sunday is going to be a wet day, but it should hold out Saturday,C[yen] he said.

C[pounds sterling]Swimmers may get some rain falling on them, but the ocean conditions should be quite good. We are not expecting rough or dangerous conditions.C[yen]

Adding an extra dimension to their services this year, SLSQ has also rolled out a new, formalised agreement with other emergency services that means lifesavers would be on 24-hour emergency call where their skills could be used. …

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