Volunteer Surf Life Savers return to Mackay beaches
Our volunteer surf life savers are preparing to hit Mackay beaches once again this weekend.
The season officially starts on Saturday, in time for the September school holidays, and will run until May.
More than 8,000 lifesavers will be back on the sand statewide.
Surf Life Saving Queensland spokesperson Cameron McConville says our dedicated volunteers helped save thousands of lives across the country last season.
"Last year there were over 8,000 rescues which is, unfortunately, way too many, and there was about 53,000 people that received first aid and over 1.5 million preventative actions, so they're certainly busy on the beach.
"Tragically we saw 241 people lose their lives on our shores and 136 were due to drowning.
"We don't want to see anywhere near that; we try to prevent all drownings," Mr McConville says.
Here in the Northern Barrier region nine people were rescued last season, life guards conducted 362 first aid treatments and took 1589 preventative actions..
Mr McConville is expecting beaches to be busy again this spring and summer.
"There is a concern with COVID and the lockdowns that the state has faced, that people haven't been to the beach in a while, so what we do is encourage everyone to swim between the red and yellow flags and read the signs on all of our beaches."
Image: Surf Life Saving Queensland/Facebook