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Blue bottles put Rainbow Beach swimmers on alert

Blue bottles have been a nasty surprise for swimmers at Rainbow Beach.
Blue bottles have been a nasty surprise for swimmers at Rainbow Beach.

UPDATE: 

CONDITIONS responsible for about 30 swimmers being stung by blue bottles on Tuesday have eased today. 

With the easterly change in wind direction, more than 300 swimmers at Rainbow Beach enjoyed the surf free of stingers.

Earlier this morning, swimmers were reported to have been behaving responsibly and staying between the flags.

Lifesavers are taking a wait-and-see approach this afternoon with the incoming tide likely to bring the blue-bottles back in closer to shore.

Meanwhile, Mudlo Rocks are providing plenty of entertainment for lifesavers as a mixture of over confidence and inexperience leads to vehicles becoming bogged on the access track.

A Toyota landcruiser (troop-carrier) was the latest vehicle requiring recovery yesterday afternoon, while three vehicles found themselves stuck fast on Tuesday including a Nissan Navara and a Mitsubishi.

It is believed the drivers of the vehicles had failed to deflate their tyres before attempting to traverse the access track.

 

EARLIER:

THE yellow flags are out again today warning people about Blue Bottles in the water at Rainbow Beach.

Lifeguards were run off their feet treating more than 30 reported stings on Tuesday.

A Rainbow Beach Lifesavers spokesman said people continued to swim despite the warning.

He said the northerly winds were blowing the distinctive looking jelly-fish close to shore, and the creatures were washing up on the beach in their hundreds.

With the winds predicted to continue today and temperatures likely to stay in the mid 30s until the weekend, lifeguards are bracing for another hectic day on the beach today and possibly tomorrow.

Gympie Times

Topics:  rainbow beach swimming



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