Stinger nets reinstalled at Four Mile Beach for wet season

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Stinger nets have been reinstalled at Four Mile Beach for the upcoming stinger season. Image: Karlie Brady
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Surf Life Saving Queensland (SLSQ) is urging beachgoers to swim in the nets this summer, with stinger nets returning to Far North Queensland beaches this week ahead of the stinger season.

Stinger nets have been reinstalled at Port Douglas, Mission Beach, Etty Bay and Palm Cove.

Surf Life Saving Queensland Regional Operations Manager Jennifer Rees said the message was simple to beachgoers this summer.

“All we are asking this summer is for everyone to swim in the nets,” she said.

“She’ll be right, won’t save your life. The best way to protect yourself from stingers is to swim in the nets.

“We also recommend beachgoers to wear protective clothing such as a wetsuit or lycra bodysuit. If those are not possible, a long-sleeved rash shirt is the next best option.”

Rees 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,” she 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.”

Stinger Season Tips:

  • Always swim at patrolled beaches within stinger net enclosures.
  • As stinger nets are not 100% stinger proof, it is important to wear protective clothing (wetsuit or lycra bodysuit), to reduce exposure to potential stings.

  


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