Surf risks underlined in chopper rescue mission

A SUNSHINE Coast beach rescue involving a little girl and a good Samaritan has once again shown why it is important to swim between the red and yellow flags.

A seven-year-old girl clung to a bodyboard as strong surf crashed over her head late on Friday afternoon.

A strong rip had taken hold of the young beachgoer between Dicky Beach and Currimundi.

An onlooker rushed to help but the current was too strong and soon they were both stranded in the rough conditions 15 metres apart.

The Surf Life Saving Queensland Westpac rescue helicopter winched a lifeguard to the girl while another lifesaver on a jetski went to assist the person who had initially gone to her rescue.

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It was a good outcome for the pair but lifesavers said it again showed how important beach safety was in the current conditions.

With dangerous surf along the south-east Queensland coast, more than 50 people were rescued by lifeguards on the Gold and Sunshine coasts in five days last week.

SLSQ Sunshine Coast duty officer Peter Lucas said conditions today would be unstable and beaches very busy.

"The water is clear and it looks inviting being so hot out there, but there are a lot of rips and holes so it's important people take care," he said. "It is recommended at most beaches to go no deeper than waist height because the swell is increasing.

"We are also seeing dumping waves in the bays like Noosa, Kings and Mooloolaba."

A woman aged in her 50s suffered a badly broken nose when she was dumped by a wave at Kings Beach yesterday morning.



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