Following the death of a man yesterday at the popular Currumbin Rock Pools, Gold Coast City Council have vowed to crack down on swimmers disobeying the dangers signs.
According to New Corp swimmers could potentially be fined in a bid to prevent future deaths at the popular swimming hole.
Councillor Gail O’Neill said that council would consider looking at taking further precautions to stop swimmers from not paying attention to the two dangers signs on display at the popular site according to New Corp.
When asked if the council would consider implementing fines, Cr O’Neil said that conversation would be held after police investigations conclude.
Cr O’Neill said the latest incident was a terrible tragedy and council was doing its best to keep it a safe area.
“The rock pools are a natural asset and we do our best to make sure everybody is safe,” she told News Corp.
“We are not talking about young kids, we are talking about a man who had his family there.
A 41-year-old man died at the rock pools yesterday when he jumped approximately 15 metres and failed to resurface.
Traumatised witnesses spent 20 minutes searching for the man and a sychronised circle of eight swimmers was finally able to retrieve the man.
He couldn’t be revived at the scene and was later pronounced dead.
It’s understood to be the second recorded death at the popular swimming spot.
A diver died in 2004 when he reportedly struck his head.
Most surprisingly however not long after yesterday’s fatality swimmers continued jumping in the water.
Gold Coast District Duty Officer Senior Sergeant Bruce Pearce said, “The warnings are very clear here, it’s well signed here saying that it’s dangerous and could cause death or serious injury,” he told News Corp.
“Shortly after, while the ambulance and police are still here, there are people climbing up the rocks to go again.
“It’s absolute stupidity.”
A local resident said it was only a matter of time before people got hurt.
“Sometimes there can be a line of people waiting to jump,” he told News Corp.
News break – April 11