No beach drownings on holidays

NORTH Coast lifeguards are celebrating a successful summer season with no beach drownings.

A German tourist died on Friday after swimming at Fingal Beach, however the official patrol season had finished on Thursday.

Northern Region lifeguard co-ordinator Scott McCartney said the area stretched from Duranbah Beach to Yamba.

“Over the summer holidays, from December 17 to January 27, we had 852,000 people attend the beaches,” Mr McCartney said. “We usually have just over a million ... that’s down because of the weather we had.”

Mr McCartney said no drownings was an excellent result for the area’s lifeguards.

“That was really good; last season we had a few,” he said.

“The lifeguards did extremely well. I’m very happy.”

Acting proactively also meant lifeguards only had to perform 293 rescues.

“We had 52 ambulance call-outs, 211 incidents from minor injuries to drunk people on the beach, 54,500 preventative actions, and 3700 first aid – a lot of those were blue bottle stings.”

Salt is the only beach on the Tweed patrolled seven days a week, while Duranbah and Hastings Point are manned on weekends.

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