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Surf lifesaver abused over COVID-19 measures

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A Surf Life Saving Queensland patrol captain is urging everyone to adhere to social distancing rules, after an explosive incident on a Sunshine Coast beach.

A Surf Life Saving Queensland patrol captain is urging everyone to adhere to social distancing rules, after an explosive incident on a Sunshine Coast beach.

Last Sunday morning, Allen Hertel asked a large group of people – who were gathered in one spot at Mooloolaba beach – to keep their distance from each other.

He claims he was then abused and spat on by a man in the group.

"He was right in my face yelling at me," he told 9News.

"I was disgusted by his reaction, especially towards a patrol captain who is just trying to do their job and keep the public safe.

"They're not respecting these rules at all."

Mr Hertel, who's been a patrol captain for decades, fears Queensland beaches may soon be closed if people don't adhere to the social distancing measures.

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"If people were sensible, I think it would be fine, but I don't think people are going to be sensible," he said.

"If they come (to the beach) in ones or twos by themselves, that's ok, just be mindful of others."

Today, the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in Queensland exceeded 440.

Government officials and health authorities are urging Australians to practice social distancing, by staying at least 1.5 metres apart.

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/coronavirus-surf-lifesaver-spat-on-while-trying-to-enforce-social-distancing-measures-at-mooloolaba/5bafa34a-284b-407b-8d0a-7e1c72a799ee

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