MASS RESCUE ON REMOTE BEACH

On Christmas Eve last year, Sunshine Beach Surf Life Saving Club (SLSC) surf lifesavers Lachlan and John were on a roving patrol to Alexandria Bay – located inside Noosa National Park in Queensland.

There is no permanent surf lifesaving service there, as it is an isolated coastline with minimal communication capabilities, and access is via all-terrain vehicle only.

Upon arrival, they noticed a group of four swimmers in significant distress and struggling to stay afloat.

Both surf lifesavers acted swiftly, with Lachlan grabbing a rescue board and diving into the ocean to reach three of the swimmers.

Fortunately, another surf lifesaver, David, was passing Alexandria Bay at the time in his rescue water craft. He saw Lachlan running into the water and immediately came to assist. Between them they rescued three of the swimmers; one of them was unconscious, so Lachlan commenced CPR immediately. After calling for additional assistance, two more fellow surf lifesavers responded and quickly made their way to Alexandria Bay beach with additional equipment and support.

John, meanwhile, returned the fourth and closer swimmer back to shore with the aid of a rescue tube.

The team continued to monitor all four patients, until the paramedics arrived and together they transported all four patients to Sunshine Beach before taking them to hospital. 

The rescue was a success with no lives lost. Our volunteer surf lifesavers demonstrated vigilance, initiative, teamwork and bravery in a difficult and remote environment.

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