Stories from the beach

Supporter stories

Surf Life Saving has touched the lives of millions of people over its 100 year history. Each year, tens of thousands of lives are saved from tragic drowning incidents. But it’s not only the lives that are saved each year that earn our volunteer lifesavers the respect from Australians. The Surf Life Saving patrols have given Australians and fellow tourists a chance to spend many happy holidays relaxing with the knowledge that our highly trained surf lifesavers are close by. Australian beaches have always been a special part of people’s lives.

Over the years, many supporters of the Surf Life Saving Foundation have sent us stories about how surf lifesavers have saved their lives or those of friends and family or Surf Life Saving has simply kept them safe and made their time at the beach a special time they never forget.

Lifesavers come to the rescue in floods

With Mother Nature turning on her worst, Surf Life Saving volunteers have again answered the call assisting in flood rescue efforts throughout Queensland.

Surf Life Saving volunteers and Lifeguard Service staff have been actively engaged across a number of regions assisting wherever and whenever required. From patient transportation and evacuations to swift water rescues, our red and yellow army have been tirelessly working alongside emergency service personnel in Bundaberg, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Stradbroke Island, Mount Tamborine, Beaudesert, Jimboomba, Logan and Brisbane.

The Surf Life Saver Rescue Helicopter, Lifesaver 5 also played a vital part in the operations and performed 13 emergency rescues from roof tops and remote areas, in addition to transporting emergency service personnel and flood victims into and out of some of the worst hit areas in the Wide Bay area.

Your support makes these actions possible. We are immensely proud of our volunteers and we hope you are too.

Click the link to see some real time footage of one of the rescues from Bundaberg.

Rescue Statistics

Rescues 2014/15 Patrol season (to date):