Latest Sunshine Coast beach closures
WITH dangerous and unstable surf conditions across SEQ today, most Sunshine Coast beaches have been closed.
Lifeguards are urging beach goers to stay out of the water at several Sunshine Coast beaches and all Gold Coast beaches.
Nine Sunshine Coast beaches have been closed again today as dangerous surf pounds the coast.
Lifeguards are urging swimmers to stay between the flags and use caution.
#CLOSED Peregian, Sunshine Beach, Marcoola, Mudjimba, Maroochydore, Alex Heads, Mooloolaba, Kawana Waters and Dicky Beach are all closed.— Surf Life Saving QLD (@lifesavingqld) February 26, 2016
Sunshine Coast Beaches
Surf lifesavers were monitoring conditions before deciding earl this morning whether or not to open Sunshine Coast beaches to the public.
Surf Life Saving Queensland announced today all Gold Coast beaches and nine Sunshine Coast beaches would be closed because of the powerful surf.
SLSQ lifesaving services coordinator Nathan Fife said there was a possibility the closures could extend across the entire weekend.
"The surf conditions at the moment are extremely powerful, unstable and dangerous, and I can't stress enough how important it is to stay well away from the water over the next 24 to 48 hours," he said.
"We understand it might be an inconvenience to some people, particularly over the weekend, but it's a decision we've made in the interests of public safety.
"There are lots of rips, gutters and particularly large swells across the Gold Coast at the moment which could quickly catch people off-guard and lead to extremely dangerous and life-threatening situations."
Mr Fife said entering the water at closed beaches was not worth the risk.
"Go to the movies, swim in a pool, or head to the local park instead, but don't unnecessarily put your life at risk by entering the surf over the next few days," he said.
"It's important to remember that anyone who enters the water will not only be risking their lives, but they'll also be risking the lives of our volunteer members and Council lifeguards as well."