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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, which wrapped up this month.

Nine of those rescues happened on beaches across Mackay and Townsville as part of the North Barrier, with local life savers also performing 253 first aid treatments and taking more than 5000 preventative measures to keep beach goers safe.

Aaron Purchase from Surf Lifesaving Queensland says 80 per cent of those rescues occurred 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 with over three million people visiting Queensland beaches.

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

"Heading into winter our volunteer lifesavers, about 9000 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.