Nets set to stay for two weeks
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.”