Surf life savers hang up their hats in the Bay
SWIMMERS will need to take care from today with surf lifesaving volunteers hanging up their hats with the approach of winter.
Scarness man Ron Thomas, who has stood guard at Torquay beach once a month with wife Helen and son Clayton in tow for more than a decade, said the break from patrols for his family would be a needed one.
There will be no more volunteer rescuers, either roving or stationed, or paid lifeguards along the Hervey Bay shoreline until mid-September.
Hervey Bay Surf Life Saving Club president Sue Murray said swimmers in the Bay's still-warm waters should notify others of their plans, take a friend and always wear a buoyancy vest when using a craft to stay safe.
In the past seven months, surf lifesavers have assisted kids with dislocated shoulders, fishermen with cone shell stings to the feet and helped paddle boarders caught in wild winds in the Bay.
Hammerhead shark sightings in Torquay waters earlier this year also kept surf lifesavers on their toes.
"(But) we have had a really good season, there has been no major incidents on our shores, which is great for Hervey Bay," she said.