17 pulled from dangerous surf conditions at Mooloolaba
17 pulled from dangerous surf conditions at Mooloolaba Surf Life Saving Queensland

Mass rescue at Mooloolaba

BREAKING: A mass rescue has taken place at Mooloolaba Beach with a confirmed 13, not the 17 as originally reported, people safely brought back to shore by lifesavers.

The swimmers were caught in a gutter while swimming outside the flags, rescued via a mix of IRBs and rescue tubes.

Surf Life Saving Queensland media said a flash rip swept the swimmers off their feat.   

"A few had taken in a lot of water and took some time to recover on the beach," a spokesperson said.   

"They didn't need further treatment fortunately.   

"The conditions are changing with the winds and changing of tide."   

Mooloolaba Surf Club patrol captain Michelle Jacobson.
Mooloolaba Surf Club patrol captain Michelle Jacobson.

Mooloolaba Surf Club patrolling captain Michelle Jacobson was one involved in the mass rescue and confirmed all swimmers were safe and sound. 

"At about 2.30pm, 13 people were involved in a mass rescue, they got swept outside the flags and sucked into a rip," Ms Jacobson said. 

"But we acted quickly and everyone is safe and sound. A couple required oxygen but are all clear. 

"We have had four stung by blue bottles though and are expecting a few more as the day goes on." 

Swimmers are advised to stay in close and always swim between the flags.    


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