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August 3, 2021

Drowning at New Brighton

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Surf lifesavers from Brunswick Heads, ALS lifeguards and Careflight Qld were involved in the retrieval from about 9am.

The Australian Lifeguard Service’s (ALS) northern region coordinator, Scott McCartney confirmed to Echonetdaily that a female around 20 years old got into difficulty and drowned before rescuers could reach her.

The body was taken by road ambulance from the northern end of New Brighton beach, not far from the New Brighton store.

The ALS has once again reinforced its annual beach safety message.

‘We strongly encourage swimmers to follow all safety warnings and avoid entering the water unless there is an active patrol on duty, which will be signified by the red and yellow flags,’ Mr McCartney said.

‘If you’re ever unsure about the conditions, have a chat to one of the lifeguards or lifesavers on duty before entering the water and always try to swim with a friend where possible.’

Download the new Beachsafe for iPhone app, which gives you access to patrol locations and hours and real-time weather and surf conditions, anywhere along the coast this summer.

Visit www.beachsafe.org.au for all beach safety information.


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  1. Local Brunswick Heads Police officers were first on the scene and also very much involved in the rescue. One swam out to try to retrieve her and then performed CPR until the ambos arrived. He then continued, taking it in turns with the other rescue teams until they had to stop. The echo always seems happy to publish negative stories about the local police but why not give credit where credit is due and actually mention one of the key rescuers in this event?

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