UPDATE 10.45AM: Coolum Beach has reopened almost two hours after a shark sighting saw swimmers and surfers pulled from the water.

Surf Lifesaving Queensland tweeted that the beach had reopened about 10.40am.

10AM: The flags have come down at a Sunshine Coast beach and swimmers told to stay out of the water after a shark sighting.

Lifeguards at Coolum Beach have officially closed the beach and called all swimmers from the water.

Beach goers have been warned it is an offence to enter the water. 

Surf Life Saving Queensland has confirmed the stretch between Coolum Beach and Coolum North will be closed for an hour. 

9AM: Swimmers and surfers are being pulled from the water at Coolum Beach after sightings of a shark in the area.

Sunshine Coast Daily reporter Kathy Sundstrom was with her 79ers swim group, which swims to and from Pt Perry, when a lifeguard on a jetski pulled them out of the water.

BEACH CLOSED: Lifeguards close Coolum Beach after a shark sighting.
BEACH CLOSED: Lifeguards close Coolum Beach after a shark sighting. Kathy Sundstrom

"There were five of us out and we were a little bit split up in the water when the lifesaver came up and yelled 'get on, quickly'," Mrs Sundstrom said.

He took the group to shore.

"Now he's on the jetski going around.

"He's called all the surfers in too.

"I didn't see anything but he said it was a shark."

 

Mrs Sundstrom said the flags were still up and people are still in the shallow water.



Chaotic car crash tears hole in Mount Pleasant Bottle-O

Chaotic car crash tears hole in Mount Pleasant Bottle-O

A quiet evening in Gympie soon turned chaotic.

GALLERY: 18 fun photos from the Zinc Race Day

premium_icon GALLERY: 18 fun photos from the Zinc Race Day

All the highlights from yesterday's races.

The council issues that split Gympie over 25 years

premium_icon The council issues that split Gympie over 25 years

We look back at the region's five biggest controversies.

Local Partners