Lifesavers issue New Year safety warning

Australians heading to the beach for New Year celebrations are being urged to keep between the flags when they are swimming in the surf.

The call comes after a 70-year-old man was pulled unconscious from the surf at Mudjimba Beach on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast yesterday. He is now in intensive care in Nambour Hospital.

Lifesaver David McLean says lifesavers will not be able to save swimmers if they cannot see them.

He says large beach-going crowds are not an excuse for people to swim outside the flags.

“We’ve got large crowds along the beaches and a lot of people still swimming beyond the flags, so if they can make sure they get back between the flags, never go surfing alone that’s a key one” he said.

“Don’t go at dusk or dark, don’t go in while having any alcohol and obviously don’t get beyond their depth”.