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Beachgoers warned of wild surf

By Russell Varley, Jo Skinner and Paul Robinson, Wednesday February 20, 2013 - 10:39 EDT

Beaches on Queensland's Gold Coast will be closed again today as a severe weather warning remains in place for dangerous surf.

Gold Coast chief lifeguard Warren Young says the situation will be reviewed tomorrow.

"It's a strong swell from the low that's off the coast," he said.

"It looks like it's moving through now but we'll close the beaches today and check it out tomorrow.

"Surfers, they're doing some towing in at Kirra, getting some good waves and it's probably worth going down and having a look at the surfers down there but it's not good for recreational surfers at the present time."

However, the powerful surf is causing more erosion on Sunshine Coast beaches.

Ex-tropical cyclone Oswald caused severe scarping to the region's beaches earlier this month.

Alan Rogers from the Sunshine Coast Disaster Management Group says yesterday's gale force winds whipped up dangerous surf and again eroded the region's beaches.

Central Qld coast

Meanwhile, beaches in the Gladstone region have reopened for the first time since last month's floods.

Contaminated floodwaters had prompted health concerns.

Gladstone Mayor Gail Sellers says tests on beaches at Agnes Water, Seventeen-Seventy and Tannum Sands are now within national guidelines which allow body contact with water, including surfing and swimming.

She says there are still elevated contamination levels on beaches in Gladstone and along the Boyne River but the beaches have reopened because levels are falling.

Councillor Sellers says anyone with open wounds or cuts should cover up with waterproof bandages before swimming.


- ABC

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