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Volunteer surf life saving season wraps up

Volunteer surf lifesavers across the state have saved more than 950 lives this patrol season!

Nine of those rescues happened across the North Barrier region, which stretches from Mackay to Townsville.

Local life savers have also performed 362 first aid treatments and taken more than 1,500 preventative measures to keep beach goers safe.

Aaron Purchase from Surf Lifesaving Queensland says 80 per cent of people rescued on Queensland beaches over the past nine months, had been swimming outside the flags.

"We know people want to try and spread out a bit and get their own bit of space, by all means do that on the beach but when you are heading into the water please take that extra bit of time, walk that extra bit of difference and only swim between those red and yellow flags," Mr Purchase says.

The 2020/2021 season has now officially wrapped up after a busy season, with more than three million people visiting Queensland beaches since last September school holidays.

Mr Purchase says the time off gives volunteers a much needed break.

"Heading into winter our volunteer lifesavers, about 9,000 of them across the state, will get a chance to recuperate over the winter months before heading back onto our beaches at the start of the September school holidays," Mr Purchase says.