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Surf's up for Bribie's record breaking summer

SURFS UP: Woorim lifesavers Adrian Harvey and Hayden Cummer kept a watchful eye over Bribie's surf beach this summer.
SURFS UP: Woorim lifesavers Adrian Harvey and Hayden Cummer kept a watchful eye over Bribie's surf beach this summer. Rachel Lang

LIFESAVERS have faced a bumper summer on Bribie, with an extra 35,000 beachgoers visiting the island for our pristine beaches.

Swimmers packed out Woorim surf beach day after day, despite higher numbers of jellyfish stings along the south-east Queensland coast.

SEQ lifeguard supervisor Calan Lovitt said visitation numbers had increased substantially when compared to last year.

"We had around 126,000 visitors this summer compared to 88,000 last year," he said.

"It's Queensland, (going to the beach) is what you do... and we did have a few warmer days back to back and not too much rain."

Lifeguards treated 2106 people for bluebottle stings, a steep jump when compared to only 120 bluebottle stings in the 2015/16 summer.

SURF'S UP: Woorim lifesaver Adrian Harvey kept a watchful eye over Bribie's surf beach this summer.
SURF'S UP: Woorim lifesaver Adrian Harvey kept a watchful eye over Bribie's surf beach this summer. Rachel Lang

Woorim Surf Life Saving Club treasurer Adrian Harvey said the northerly winds pushing the bluebottles in did cause problems for swimmers.

"We did have a couple of serious incidents were people were hospitalised because of the bluebottles," he said.

But bluebottles weren't the only thing that swimmers needed to watch out for - Mr Lovitt explained that stingrays were the cause of some first-aid incidents at Bribie's patrolled beach.

"We did have quite a few stingray injuries," he said.

"They weren't major incidents but enough to keep us busy."

Some beachgoers suffered stingray stings, barbs, and even lacerations; with one person taken to Caboolture Hospital for treatment.

SURFS UP: Woorim lifesavers Adrian Harvey and Hayden Cummer kept a watchful eye over Bribie's surf beach this summer.
SURFS UP: Woorim lifesavers Adrian Harvey and Hayden Cummer kept a watchful eye over Bribie's surf beach this summer. Rachel Lang

Deemed a successful summer at the water's edge, lifeguards conducted only two rescues in the three months at Woorim.

"Everyone was pretty well behaved," Mr Lovitt said.

"This has been a record-breaking summer as far as we're concerned."

Topics:  beach bluebottles summer surf surf lifesaving woorim


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