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Death sparks rescue beacon trial

Police search for the man missing off Peregian Beach.
Police search for the man missing off Peregian Beach. John McCutcheon

SUNSHINE Coast surf clubs will trial an emergency alarm system at unpatrolled beaches after the death of a Brisbane man.

The body of the missing 37-year-old "family man" washed ashore at Marcus Beach near Peregian yesterday morning.

Police believed the man drowned after being caught in a rip on Sunday afternoon.

Surf Life Saving Queensland Sunshine Coast services co-ordinator Aaron Purchase said radio beacons would be trialled at several dangerous beaches along the Coast.

"The beacons instantly alert rescuers of an emergency and have proven to save lives," Mr Purchase said.

"The idea is to lessen the amount of deaths through people being able to call for emergency help straight away."

Mr Purchase said the beach was unpatrolled and, while most local residents were aware of rips and difficulties involved with rescues, tourists often ran into trouble.

"We have prevented a number of major incidents because these beacons were in place," he said.

"We need to work out what beaches these beacons would work well at and, hopefully get them installed by next season."

Topics:  peregian beach rescue surf life saving



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