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Three near drownings prompt renewed warnings from SLS

There were three near drownings on Sunshine Coast beaches on Christmas Day.
There were three near drownings on Sunshine Coast beaches on Christmas Day. Brett Wortman

SURF lifesavers are again reminding beachgoers of the dangers of swimming outside the red and yellow flags after three near drownings on Christmas Day.

Surf Life Saving Queensland Sunshine Coast duty officer David McLean said three people got themselves into trouble after going outside flagged areas at Peregian, Marcoola and Mooloolaba.

"It's really concerning that people are still doing this," Mr McLean said.

"And especially at this time of year. One moment of inattentiveness could turn in to a tragedy.

"I can't stress enough how important it is to put safety first and consider the consequences of your actions.

"We realise that beaches may be crowded, but I urge all beachgoers to make the effort to swim between the red and yellow flags, even if it means walking a short distance to get there."

There were also another 14 rescues carried out.

One person suffered a spinal injury after being dumped in the waves at Sunshine Beach, and a 12-year-old fell and cut himself at Kings Beach pool.

Mr McLean said Boxing Day today was expected to be even busier.

On the roads, Sunshine Coast Traffic Branch senior constable Darryl Campbell said two separate operations, one running in the hinterland areas for three days, and another along the Coast for four days, have resulted in "considerable infringements."

"On Sunday morning, one motorcyclist was detected going 153kmh in an 80kmh zone. They were also seen crossing double white lines by an unmarked traffic unit," Snr Const Campbell said.

The Random Drug Testing Unit, the State Traffic Task Force and units from Noosa and Maroochydore were involved in the Coast-focused operation.

Several drink and drug-drivers were detected.

Topics:  beach, near drowning, queensland police service, rescue, surf life saving



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