Stinger nets should be removed next week: SLSQ

Published Friday 27 May 2016

THE stinger nets on Four Mile Beach in Port Douglas look set to be removed next week, according to Surf Life Saving Queensland (SLSQ).

SLSQ North Queensland regional manager Col Sparkes said regular dragging would continue daily, but confirmed they planned to remove the nets on Wednesday 1 June.

“At this stage we’ll be pulling them out next Wednesday,” Sparkes said.

“We are dragging everyday and it looks like we’ll be able to remove them next week. Obviously it’s not guaranteed and things could change, but we’re hopeful.”

The news will come as a welcome relief for organisers and competitors of the Coral Coast Triathlon, which is held in Port Douglas on June 5.

The nets were originally planned to come out on May 16, but SLSQ were continuing to find box jellyfish between Mission Beach and Port Douglas.

Swimmers are reminded to swim within the stinger nets until advised otherwise, and to stay between the red and yellow flags.