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New Year's warning for Gold Coast swimmers

AAP logoAAP 30/12/2016 Scott Bailey

Gold Coast lifesavers are bracing for a busy New Year's after pulling more than 100 swimmers from the water in just two days.

Huge crowds are expected at the region's 39 beaches this weekend as more rough and unstable surf conditions are forecast.

Gold Coast chief lifeguard Warren Young says it's concerning given many tourists are inexperienced swimmers who aren't used to such dangerous surf.

"With these conditions you only need to drift out a little bit to get caught in a rip," he said.

"You can imagine someone from overseas or someone not used to the ocean current, it's really tough."

Lifeguards plucked a total 114 swimmers from Gold Coast waters on Wednesday and Thursday.

There have been more rescues on Friday, including a young boy pulled from dangerous conditions at Broadbeach, who suffered spinal injuries.

The summer holiday period has been a tragic one in the nation's waters, with eight people drowning in neighbouring NSW alone in the past week.

Mr Young urged swimmers to walk the extra distance to cool off between the flags.

"Inshore conditions on the Gold Coast have been unstable which has seen a lot of rips in between areas," he said.

"The rips will still be inshore running a bit this weekend, but it may improve a little."

Historically, January is the busiest month of the year for lifeguards and lifesavers on the Gold Coast, and it can be even more dangerous when the flags are taken down each evening.

However, Surf Lifesaving Queensland has introduced a new night patrol this summer in a bid to keep people out of the water at Surfers Paradise between 6.30pm and 10.30pm.

"One mistake, it could lead to a tragedy if you're swimming after hours," Mr Young said.

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