Nets set to stay for two weeks

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Madi­son Wil­liams

SURF Life Sav­ing Queens­land (SLSQ) has an­nounced that the stinger nets on Four Mile Beach will be around un­til the end of May and pos­si­bly longer.

SLSQ re­gional man­ager Col Sparkes said the nets will be re­moved af­ter two weeks of clear wa­ters.

“Un­for­tu­nately we’ve con­tin­ued to find stingers in the wa­ter over the past few weeks and, at this point in time, it’s sim­ply not safe enough to re­move the nets,” he said.

Mr Sparkes said life­guards were con­tin­u­ing to con­duct reg­u­lar drags at the Port Dou­glas beach and the stinger nets would only be re­moved when it was deemed safe enough to do so.

“It’s re­ally im­por­tant that peo­ple are putting safety first at all times to en­sure they give them­selves the best chance of avoid­ing a po­ten­tially nasty sting,” he said.

“Swim­mers are strongly urged to swim within the stinger nets and be­tween the red and yel­low flags.

“They should also cover up by wear­ing pro­tec­tive cloth­ing such as a wet­suit.”

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