Beaches closed to swimmers

Tuesday 20 March 2012

Beaches closed to swimmers

Beaches in the Far North have been closed to swimmers due to the wild weather damaging stinger nets.


North Queensland Life Saving issued a report this morning advising stinger nets had been removed from all beaches between Port Douglas and South Mission Beach.


However, the stinger net at Port Douglas’ Four Mile Beach has already been damaged, the beach closed to swimming, but still attracting a number of people braving the wind and rain for a look.


John Goodman of Port Douglas Surf Life Saving Club said while the stinger net remained in the water in its damaged state, it normally did not take long to fix the net.


However, it was likely the beach would be closed to swimmers until the end of the week due to the predicted continuation of wild weather.


A spokesman for North Queensland Life Saving said there was a large amount of debris in the water at most beaches along the coast, making conditions dangerous.


The Bureau of Meteorology has advised a monsoonal trough would continue to produce winds of up to 30 knots along the coast for the rest of today, easing to 20 to 25 knots on Wednesday and 15 to 20 knots on Thursday.


At Lowe Isles, 117mm of rain was recorded in the 24 hours to 9am this morning.

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