BUSY BOYS: Hamish and Ari were two of the lifesaving crew on patrol at Mooloolaba Beach yesterday.
BUSY BOYS: Hamish and Ari were two of the lifesaving crew on patrol at Mooloolaba Beach yesterday. Patrick Woods

Rescues injuries as beaches close

LIFESAVERS were run off their feet as they made about 20 rescues as weather whipped up dangerous seas along the Sunshine Coast.

In total, 10 beaches were closed throughout the day, with four beaches - Maroochydore, Dicky Beach, Currimundi and Kawana - closed all day due to the dangerous conditions.

SLSQ Sunshine Coast duty officer Dave McLean reported 17 rescues at Metropolitan Caloundra and a further two rescues at nearby Bulcock Beach.

"They're more protected; they were a bit busy; they had more people go there but they still had to watch out due to the large surf," Mr McLean said.

A jet ski rider was lucky to survive after an accident in the waters just of the northern tip of Bribie Island. The rider was knocked out and almost drowned after hitting his head on the jet ski.

He was airlifted by helicopter from Bribie Island to a waiting ambulance at Caloundra.

The jet ski rider suffered suspected spinal injuries.

Lifesavers also treated one beachgoer for a dislocated ankle, also at Caloundra.

Weatherzone meteorologist James Casey said the conditions should ease over coming days before a possible resurgence of the surf on Thursday.

"It's actually caused by ex-Tropical Cyclone Lucy, which is near the south island of New Zealand," Mr Casey said.

He said the swell had peaked at 1.5m-1.8m yesterday morning and should remain at between 90cm and 1.2m today, before falling further to 60cm-90cm by Wednesday.

"It's been a very busy day and lifeguards certainly had to be on their toes in these big conditions," Mr McLean said.

"Mostly, beachgoers have been good, although there have been those who continue to swim outside the flags, which is just an accident waiting to happen," he said.

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