Extreme Surf Conditions Close Beaches Across SE Queensland

More than 50 rescues yesterday

19 February 2018

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Surf conditions are once again expected to close beaches across south-east Queensland on Monday.

Heavy easterly swells whipped up by tropical cyclone Gita resulted in several beaches on the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast being closed throughout the weekend.

Conditions are forecast to be similar on Monday with the Bureau of Meteorology predicting swells up to three to 3.5 metres along the entire southern coastal region.

The swell isn't forecast to ease until late on Monday night or early Tuesday.

Lifeguards are encouraging beachgoers to stay out of the rough conditions after having to make a number of rescues over the weekend.

On Sunday a man in his 50s had to be rescued by the Westpac Lifesaver Helicopter at Jumpinpin bar on the Gold Coast.

The man fell off his jet ski in the dangerous conditions and spent significant time in the water before being rescued.

"Our key message at the moment for the safety of beachgoers and the safety of lifeguards is the encourage people to stay out of the water completely," a Surf Lifesaving Queensland spokeswoman told AAP.

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