‘Difficult for lifeguards’: Dozens rescued, beaches closed

Ten children under the age of 15 and dozens of other swimmers were rescued at the weekend as dangerous surf thrashed the Coast.

Lifeguards had a busy weekend ensuring the safety of swimmers and board riders amid flash rips and 2.5m swells.

There were 44 rescues performed across the weekend and 70 per cent of those were outside the flagged areas.

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Open beaches were particularly dangerous with Bokarina and Wurtulla closed both days and Kawana on Sunday.

South East Queensland lifeguard supervisor Trent Robinson said lifeguards used boards, inflatable rescue boats and jet skis for the rescues.

"Lifesavers and lifeguards performed 2994 preventive actions throughout the weekend, a large number of those were directing swimmers back between the red and yellow flags," Mr Robinson said.

"The conditions also made it difficult for lifeguards to find a safe area to place the red and yellow flags, which did result in some beach closures."

Of those who were rescued, 12 were female and 32 male.

Conditions have eased but he said there were still rips and gutters.

"We ask swimmers to exercise caution, stay close to shore and only swim between the red and yellow flags," Mr Robinson said.

"If you are unsure on conditions or have any questions please speak to the lifeguard on duty."