Surf lifesavers have closed Coast beaches due to the wild weather on Sunday. Kate Davis, Mandy Dunjey, Chase Dunjey, 9, Tamzin Davis, 8, and Aaron Davis check the surf at Alexandra Headland. Photo: Stuart Cumming
Surf lifesavers have closed Coast beaches due to the wild weather on Sunday. Kate Davis, Mandy Dunjey, Chase Dunjey, 9, Tamzin Davis, 8, and Aaron Davis check the surf at Alexandra Headland. Photo: Stuart Cumming

Lifesavers warn ‘stay out of water’ as rough seas erupt

Surf lifesavers have closed Coast beaches as a big swell is whipped by strong winds to create hazardous conditions.

The weather bureau has issued a warning for dangerous surf conditions along the Queensland coast from Hervey Bay down to the Gold Coast.

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Alexandra Headland Surf Life Saving Club patrol captain Jessica Baird's advice for Coast swimmers was simple.

"Listen to the surf lifesavers and stay out of the water and only swim at patrolled beaches," Mrs Baird said.

She said Alexandra Headland beach had not been opened on Sunday and as far as she knew most other Coast beaches had red flags flying.

Surf Life Saving Queensland said beaches at Alexandra Headland, Boardwalk, Bribie Island, Coolum, Kawana, Kings Beach, Marcoola, Maroochydore, Mooloolaba, Mudjimba, Peregian, Sunrise, Sunshine and Twin Waters were all closed.

Junior surfers head back in after competing at Alexandra Headland. Photo: Stuart Cumming
Junior surfers head back in after competing at Alexandra Headland. Photo: Stuart Cumming

"Earlier on when the wind wasn't up it was big surf but not terribly hectic," Mrs Baird said.

She said her club would normally have up to 30 volunteers on a Sunday patrol.

She said everyone rostered on had arrived on Sunday morning but many had gone home as the team went into surveillance mode.