Stinger nets rolled out in Port Douglas

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Stinger nets have returned to Four Mile Beach Port Douglas. Image: Karlie Brady.
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It’s that time of year again; the stinger nets have made an appearance on Four Mile Beach in Port Douglas this week.

Surf Life Saving Queensland (SLSQ) is urging caution as stinger nets are rolled out across North Queensland beaches for the start of the stinger season.

SLSQ Lifeguard Supervisor North Queensland Jay March said it was vital that beachgoers remain vigilant over the coming months.

“It’s really important that beachgoers take all steps possible to protect themselves in and around the water this stinger season,” he said.

“Covering up with appropriate clothing and staying within the stinger nets at all times will give people the best chance possible of avoiding a nasty sting.

“We encourage anyone entering the water to wear protective clothing such as a wetsuit or lycra bodysuit. Failing this, a long-sleeved rash shirt is probably the next best option.”

Mr March said lifeguards and lifesavers would continue to perform regular stinger drags in and around patrol areas.

“As the stinger nets aren’t 100 per cent stinger proof, our drags will allow us to identify if any stingers do manage to make their way into the enclosures,” he said.

“We also urge swimmers to refrain from sitting on, playing near, or interfering with the stinger enclosures, as jellyfish can sometimes wash over the top or through the sides.

“In the event a stinger is identified, we will close the beach immediately.

“Any swimmers who are stung should immediately notify the lifeguards or lifesavers on duty.”



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