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Volunteer surf life saving season wraps up

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Volunteer surf life savers across the state have saved more than 950 lives this patrol season! 

Six of those rescues happened on Wide Bay and Capricorn Coast beaches, with local life savers also performing 253 first aid treatments and taking more than 5000 preventative measures to keep beach goers safe. 
 

Aaron Purchase from Surf Lifesaving Queensland says 80 per cent of people rescued on Queensland beaches over the past nine months, had been swimming outside the flags.

"We know people want to try and spread out a bit and get their own bit of space, by all means do that on the beach but when you are heading into the water please take that extra bit of time, walk that extra bit of difference and only swim between those red and yellow flags," Mr Purchase says. 
 
The 2020/2021 season has now officially wrapped up with over three million people visiting Queensland beaches since the September school hoildays last year. 
 
Mr Purchase says the time off gives volunteers a much needed break. 
 
"Heading into winter our volunteer life savers, about 9000 of them across the state, will get a chance to recuperate over the winter months before heading back onto our beaches at the start of the September school holidays," Mr Purchase says.