Lifesavers rescue five people as 18,000 hit the sand
Lifesavers at a Coast club have reported performing five rescues on a day when more than 18,000 people hit the region's beaches.
Surf Life Saving Queensland reported 18,941 visitors to Sunshine Coast beaches on Saturday as temperatures soared above 30C.
Marcoola Surf Life Saving Club captain Rob Jenkins said his volunteers pulled five people from the water.
He said they had all been swimming between the flags when they raised their hand for assistance.
"There were some flash rips," Mr Jenkins said.
He said there was also a strong sweep.
"The guys have done a good job," he said.
"Everyone is OK."
He said the strong winds had kept crowds from reaching peak levels.
"Stay between the flags and we will be able to help you out."
He said the club was looking for more volunteers and encouraged anyone wanting to get their bronze medallion qualifications to get in touch on 5448 8605 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.