Lifeguard Stephanie Thornton is on duty at Torquay beach, even during the rain, these school holidays.
Lifeguard Stephanie Thornton is on duty at Torquay beach, even during the rain, these school holidays. Karleila Thomsen

Lone lifeguard whatever weather

TORQUAY beach was almost deserted yesterday as steady rain kept most beachgoers indoors but a lone lifeguard was still on the job.

The chalk-written report on the message board was streaking off in the rain but no one needed to read that conditions were overcast and gloomy.

Hervey Bay Surf Lifesaving Club president Mark Thornton said that during the school holidays, the flagged area in front of the club house in Torquay would be patrolled by paid lifeguards or volunteers from 9am to 5pm daily.

He advised beachgoers to chat to the lifeguard on duty because there could be a bit of sweep with the tides and he reminded people to swim between the flags.

Mr Thornton said he hoped the weather would clear by Saturday when about 150 competitors would take part in a masters carnival from 9am to 5pm.

He said spectators were welcome at the event which would be held in front of the clubhouse and included the premier taplin event comprising swim, run, board and ski legs.



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