Mass rescue at Coast beach as swell conditions worsen

LIFESAVERS have performed a mass rescue at a since closed beach where swimmers were braving the swell despite warnings to avoid the water.

At Noosa Main Beach, 15 people got into trouble and had to be pulled from the water by lifesavers.

Sunshine Coast Surf Life Saving Duty Manager Dave McLean said "fortunately no one had to go to hospital".

The beach has since been closed with poor conditions expected to worsen and peak overnight.

At Dicky Beach - which is also closed - a body-boarder was found 300m offshore after beachgoers phoned into police.

The 30-year-old man was located by a rescue helicopter and brought back to safety, albeit suffering injuries from being smashed against rocks.

He was not hospitalised, but will seek medical attention from a doctor.

Mr McLean advised swimmers to use their common sense and not swim at unpatrolled or closed beaches.

"Those conditions have been forecast all weekend, but we've been out doing multiple rescues at unpatrolled beaches."

Most beaches are expected to still be closed tomorrow with Mr McLean predicting similar conditions.

"We expect the swell to possible peak tonight," he said.


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