Lifeguards rescue 23 last holidays
PAID lifeguards on seven Tweed beaches during the recent spring school holidays performed 23 rescues.
A report from the Surf Life Saving Association’s Australian Lifeguard Service contracted by Tweed Shire Council to patrol the beaches reveals the lifeguards were kept on their toes.
Stephen Leahy, the state manager of the service which is due to again patrol beaches during Christmas holidays, said 14 other beachgoers required first aid treatment during the spring holidays.
In a report to the council he reveals the lifeguards also carried out 1540 “preventative actions” – such as advising a swimmer they are in a dangerous location or giving other safety advice usually when the swimmer is in danger of getting into trouble.
During the spring holiday fortnight the service provided two lifeguards at Duranbah, Fingal, Cabarita, Hastings Point, Pottsville and Mooball beaches and three at Kingscliff between 9am and 5pm.