Stinger search at Torquay Beach

Fraser Coast Chronicle - - NEWS -

A SEARCH for stingers will take place on Torquay beach this week­end af­ter the re­cent dis­cov­ery of a deadly Irukandji on the west­ern side of Fraser Is­land.

Life Sav­ing Ser­vice Co­or­di­na­tor for the Wide Bay re­gion, Julie Davis, said ex­pe­ri­enced life­guards would drag the pop­u­lar Her­vey Bay beach over the next cou­ple of week­ends.

“We’ll mon­i­tor it for the next cou­ple of weeks af­ter the Irukandji was found on Fraser Is­land,” Ms Davis said.

“Stinger signs are not nec­es­sary at this point but if any­thing is found we will as­sess from there.

“It’s (drag­ging) a pre­cau­tion.”

Ms Davis con­firmed no other beaches on the Fraser Coast would be dragged.

There are four lo­cal life­guards with two hold­ing a Ma­rine Stinger Award which means they are qual­i­fied to drag the beaches and treat any po­ten­tial stings.

Life­savers con­firmed an Irukandji was found dur­ing a stinger drag at Arch Cliff on Fraser Is­land on Sun­day, Jan­uary 7.

Swim­mers have been urged to stay out of the wa­ter on the west­ern side of the is­land when con­di­tions are hot and windy.

Drags will con­tinue in this area of Fraser Is­land un­til Jan­uary 21. An­other con­cern for some swim­mers is the in­crease of sea lice stings dur­ing sum­mer. Ms Davis said if swim­mers were con­cerned about stings while swim­ming be­tween the flags on Torquay Beach, they could see the life guard on duty. “Sea lice are more prom­i­nent dur­ing the warmer months and if peo­ple are con­cerned stings can be treated ac­cord­ingly,” she said.

PHOTO: ALISTAIR BRIGHTMAN

STAY­ING SAFE: Life­guard Liam Far­relly talks with (L) Seth Keal,9, Saxon Her­rmann,12, and An­gus Keal,11, at Torquay Beach.

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