Volunteer Surf Lifesavers return to Four Mile Beach



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Volunteer surf lifesavers from Port Douglas will return to the beach from this weekend. Image: Karlie Brady.
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The volunteer red and yellow army will be back on Four Mile Beach in time for the Easter long weekend.

Volunteer surf lifesavers from Port Douglas, as well as Ellis Beach, Cairns, Etty Bay and Mission Beach Surf Life Saving Club, will raise the red and yellow flags once again this weekend as they start the 2021 patrol season.

Port Douglas Surf Life Saving Club President, Irene Cats, said the club was excited to get back out on the beach.

“It is always a big moment kicking off the season,” she said.

“We are excited to get out there and put all our skills to the test.

“We patrol every day over the Easter weekend and most of our lifesavers will be on patrol, so come and say hi,” she said.

SLSQ North Queensland Regional Operations Manager Jennifer Rees said the region’s volunteers will give up their precious time every weekend throughout the season to protect beachgoers.

“The extraordinary efforts of our volunteer lifesavers ensure thousands of locals and tourists alike can enjoy our pristine coastline safely,” she said.

“Last season North Queensland surf lifesavers watched over more than 19,500 swimmers whilst on patrol.”

Ms Rees said there are simple precautions beachgoers can take to ensure they have an enjoyable time at the beach these school holidays.

“To ensure everyone has an enjoyable day at the beach, make sure you swim between the red and yellow flags,” she said.

“Parents please actively supervise your children and keep them within an arm’s reach at all times.

“If you are celebrating the long weekend and have had a drink or two, stay clear of the water it is not worth risking the dip.”

Last season North Queensland surf lifesavers volunteered more than 10,000 hours. Whilst on patrol they performed one rescue, 101 first aid treatments and 2,792 preventative actions.

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