4m seas, 30-knot winds

Chance of dan­ger­ous seas force re­moval of shark nets at Rain­bow

The Gympie Times - - NEWS -

❝ Shark con­trol equip­ment that is loose in the wa­ter can be a dan­ger to swim­mers so we must re­move the ap­pa­ra­tus for a short pe­riod for safety rea­sons.

— Jeff Krause

SOME shark con­trol nets will be re­moved from the wa­ter at Rain­bow Beach to­day due to fore­casts of strong winds and po­ten­tially dan­ger­ous sea con­di­tions.

Fish­eries Queens­land Man­ager Shark Con­trol Pro­gram Jeff Krause said the nets would be re­moved from Rain­bow Beach, Mooloolaba, Wurtulla and Caloun­dra.

“The Bu­reau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy is warn­ing that seas and winds will build in the lead up to Mon­day re­sult­ing in up to 4-me­tre seas and 30-knot winds in these lo­ca­tions,” Mr Krause said.

“At present the forecast con­di­tions are that it will be safe to re­move the nets to­mor­row, so we’re plan­ning to do so be­fore they be­come a po­ten­tial haz­ard.”

Mr Krause said high seas caused by strong winds could cause some equip­ment to be­come adrift.

“Shark con­trol equip­ment that is loose in the wa­ter can be a dan­ger to swim­mers so we must re­move the ap­pa­ra­tus for a short pe­riod for safety rea­sons.

“In rough con­di­tions how­ever, it’s im­por­tant that peo­ple take ad­vice from the life­sav­ing ser­vice about whether it’s safe to swim at all,” he said.

The re­main­ing shark con­trol equip­ment off the Sun­shine Coast and the Gold Coast will re­main in place as the forecast weather con­di­tions are within tol­er­ance.

The Rain­bow Beach, Mooloolaba, Wurtulla and Caloun­dra shark con­trol nets are ex­pected to be re­turned to the wa­ter on Wed­nes­day next week, weather per­mit­ting.

If you see shark con­trol equip­ment in­clud­ing ropes, net­ting or buoys that have come loose, call the Shark Hot­line on 1800 806 891.

Fol­low Fish­eries Queens­land on Face­book and Twit­ter (@Fish­eriesQld).

PHOTO: NI­CHOLAS FALCONER

BE CARE­FUL: Dan­ger­ous con­di­tions ex­pected off Rain­bow Beach over the next day or two mean the shark nets will be pulled out of the wa­ter to­day.

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