Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Beach Drownings Down

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Beach Drownings Down

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Jim Alouat

jim.alouat@news-mail.com.au

DROWNING deaths at Queensland beaches has fallen from nine to seven in the past year.

However, Queensland coastal drowning deaths were up, with 15 in the year to June 30 compared to 13 in the same period last year.

As Surf Life Saving Queensland prepares for its busiest period of the year, Wide Bay regional operations manager Craig Holden said it was imperative beachgoers put safety first.

The 2014 National Coastal Safety Report showed 84 people drowned off Australia's coast, down 29% on last year, with more than half of the incidents happening more than 5km offshore.

There were no drownings between the red and yellow flags on a beach patrolled by volunteer surf lifesavers and life guards.

"If nothing else it reinforces that old adage of swimming between the flags," MrHolden said.

"As you can see there have been no lives lost between the flags which is not surprising given it's the safest place to swim on the beach. …

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