Cabarita Beach looked positively peaceful yesterday afternoon, unlike Saturday, when six young girls were rescued from a rip by off-duty lifeguards.
Cabarita Beach looked positively peaceful yesterday afternoon, unlike Saturday, when six young girls were rescued from a rip by off-duty lifeguards. Blainey Woodham

Six girls rescued at Cabarita

SIX young girls are lucky to be alive after they were plucked from a rip late Saturday while swimming at Cabarita Beach.

About 5.30pm on Saturday, lifeguards packing up after a day on the beach noticed the six girls, aged 9 to 13, trapped in the rip.

Northern New South Wales Life Guard coordinator Scott McCartney yesterday said the girls rescued from Cabarita were extremely lucky.

“They are really fortunate the lifeguards were hanging around, otherwise who knows what may have happened,” Mr McCartney said.

“Cabarita always has a few powerful rips.

“People should never swim when the lifeguards aren’t around and especially not at that time of day.”

Large beach crowds and unstable weather conditions have added to a hectic long weekend for lifeguards and surf lifesavers on the Tweed and Gold coasts with dozens of rescues.

Mr McCartney said there were several small rescues up and down the Tweed Coast over the weekend.

“We had a few blue bottle stings as well. They’re quite potent and we’ve had to put people on oxygen,” he said.

“They’ve mostly been around Pottsville and Fingal beaches lately.”

Tweed Area Life Guard supervisor Jarrad Kain said the Christmas and New Year period attracts large numbers of beach goers.

“This is our busiest time of the year and the unstable conditions certainly don’t help with the matter,” he said.

Mr Kain said there have been several rescues at Duranbah Beach since New Year’s Day.

“We don’t usually encourage people to go swimming at Duranbah. We had a few people who had to be rescued after they were pulled out in rips including four young girls on bodyboards,” he said.

Over the border, Gold Coast surf lifesavers have participated in more than 40 rescues.

On Saturday, the body of a 17-year-old boy was found in Tallebudgera Creek about 11.15am.

He was last seen swimming in the creek about 4.30pm the day before.

Also on Saturday, a 10-year-old boy riding a bodyboard was caught in a rip before being rescued.

A man was transported to the Tweed Hospital from Greenmount with a blue bottle sting and at Kirra, a man was found complaining of dizziness and light-headedness.

His injuries were suspected to have been from an assault the previous evening.

A 17-year-old woman was also taken to the Tweed Hospital from Flat Rock at Currumbin after she was pulled from the water semi-conscious.

Yesterday, a man was transported to the Tweed Hospital from Greenmount Beach with a dislocated shoulder.



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