Beach statistics reveal lifesavers have had a busy summer patrolling North Coast beaches.
Beach statistics reveal lifesavers have had a busy summer patrolling North Coast beaches. Surf Life Saving Queensland

BEACH RESCUES: The North Coast's dramatic statistics

RECORD numbers of beachgoers and water rescues during the festive season saw lifeguards on the Far North Coast run off their feet.

According to statistics released by Surf Life Saving Far North Coast, the number of people rescued during December 22 2018 and January 21 2019 totals 158, with many more preventative actions undertaken and 3269 first aid treatments.

Statistics are for patrolled beaches in Byron Bay, Ballina and Richmond areas.

BYRON

The patrolled service locations were: Brunswick Heads, First Sun, Main Beach Byron Bay, South Golden, Suffolk Park, Tyagarah Beach (Byron Shire Council), and Broken Head, Tallows, The Pass, Wategos (Cape Byron Trust).

Byron Shire Council Highlights:

  • Beach Visitation 278,749 people were recorded visiting Byron Shire patrolled beaches, the highest number at Main Beach Byron Bay (154,043)
  • Prevention 28,193 preventative action
  • Rescues Performed 75 rescues
  • First Aid 2,326 first aid treatments
  • Law Enforcement 1,783 law enforcement actions
  • Public Relations 22,015 cases of providing information and advice to the public

Cape Byron Trust Highlights:

  • Beach Visitation 141,670 people were recorded visiting Cape Byron Trust patrolled beaches, the highest number at Wategos (55,244)
  • Prevention 14,998 preventative actions
  • Rescues Performed 59 rescues
  • First Aid 567 first aid treatments
  • Law Enforcement 145 law enforcement actions
  • Public Relations 12,868 cases of providing information and advice to the public

BALLINA

The patrolled service locations were: Flat Rock, Lennox Head, Lighthouse Beach, Sharpes Beach and Shelly Beach (Ballina).

  • Beach Visitation 157,508 people were recorded visiting Ballina Shire Council patrolled beaches, the highest number at Lennox Head (62,793)
  • Prevention 33,985 preventative actions
  • Rescues 21 rescues performed
  • First Aid 361 first aid treatments
  • Law Enforcement 3,467 law enforcement actions
  • Public Relations 35,134 cases of providing information and advice to the public

RICHMOND

The patrolled service locations were: Evans Head Main Beach.

  • Beach Visitation 24,984 people were recorded visiting Richmond Valley Shire patrolled beaches
  • Prevention 2,626 preventative actions
  • Rescues 3 rescues performed
  • First Aid 15 first aid treatments
  • Law Enforcement 215 law enforcement actions
  • Public Relations 1,755 cases of providing information and advice to the public