by Suraya Saleh
Redland Bayside Bulletin – 18/9/008
POINT Lookout and Coochiemudlo Island surf lifesavers will head back to the beach tomorrow in time for the school holiday crowds.
Volunteer surf lifesavers from both clubs will be raising their red and yellow patrol flags every Saturday and Sunday from this weekend until the end of the season next May.
Point Lookout club president, George Hill, said the surf lifesavers were preparing for another busy season and surf safety needed to be a top priority for all beachgoers.
"Last summer, Point Lookout surf lifesavers performed more than 2222 preventative actions, 38 rescues and 92 first aid cases on the beaches of North Stradbroke Island," he said.
With the summer weather fast approaching, Mr Hill encouraged beachgoers to swim only between the red and yellow flags at Main Beach and Cylinder Beach as these were the safest places.
The Straddie volunteer lifesavers will be patrolling from 8am to 5pm on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays from September 20 through to May 5 next year.
Extended hours of patrol operations will be performed over the Christmas and New Year period with the beaches being patrolled through to 6pm.
The lifesavers will also work with the Surf Life Saving Queensland (SLSQ) Wave Runner (jet ski) patrols and the Australian Lifeguard Service to provide a comprehensive search and rescue service to the local community over the summer season.
The Coochie lifesavers will be on patrol from 9am to 3pm on Saturdays and public holidays, and from 8.30am to 2.30pm on Sundays.