Sunshine Coast lifesavers to the rescue

May 19, 2013 by  

Mooloolaba surf lifesavers have had everything thrown at them this patrol season. However, the famous red and yellow flags have been packed away after a harrowing 33 weekends, and the army of volunteers are taking a well-deserved break.

Surf clubs on the Sunshine Coast have been represented by 3,603 lifesavers since September 22, 2012, and regardless of the conditions, they have once again triumphed over adversity. Lifeguards have encountered cyclonic winds, collapsing towers, sharks, huge swells, and beach closures.

Temperatures reached a sweltering 42 degrees in December, and this was soon followed by Cyclone Oswald. To put the busy season in perspective, lifesavers performed 797 rescues and dedicated a combined 124,709 hours to provide a safe swimming environment. Sunshine Coast regional manager Aaron Purchase considered it a very challenging season. He said:

“It has been a tough slog with the weather events we have had, and the difficulties impacted surf lifesaving clubs across the coast.”

Lifeguards saved the Mooloolaba tower, which almost crumbled into the ocean. There were many triumphs amidst the adversity, with lifesavers even assisting with the Bundaberg flood recovery. A $20,000 Council project was also very timely, delivering sand to a rock-strewn Maroochydore beach prior to the Queensland Surf Life Saving Titles.

An increase of 13,000 preventative actions to beachgoers this season highlights the importance of educating the community and visiting beach users about dangers. Print companies providing banner printing and flyer printing in Mooloolaba are the first port of call for anyone wanting to promote awareness of beach safety.