We have just spent a week in the beach resort of Noosa. The Surf lifesavers were out training and volunteering as they do every day, saving lives.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 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 the highly trained surf lifesavers are close by. Australian beaches have always been a special part of people’s lives.
Children can join as Nippers and learn to life save early. Here is a story of how young Nippers recently saved lives.
Minnie Water-Wooli Surf Life Saving Nippers Cody Hinterholzl and Morgen Parkin were enjoying a post-training surf with their friends at Minnie Water Main Beach on Sunday when they heard a shout for help.Instinct took over and they raced out to two drowning teenagers, Cody yelling instructions to keep calm as he went.Cody, aged 11, reached the most distressed teen and used his board as a barrier so the swimmer would not drown him in a panic. He reassured the teen as he climbed on the board and then paddled him in and lifesavers took over.Morgen, aged 13, reached the swimmer who called out for help and let her oat on her board. Lochlan Elward and Morgen’s brother Matt Parkin arrived shortly after to provide support before lifeguards came and took over.Cody’s mother, Angela Hinterholzl, said Cody practiced the rescue twice in training and Morgen was a volunteer lifesaver.“It did not hit us until they got back to the beach, they saved someone,” Mrs Hinterholzl said.The rescue comes in wake of two Sydney Nippers who saved a drowning lady at Pippi Beach on January 10.Lifesavers said the teenager Cody saved was 10 seconds away from drowning. Morgen’s father, Danny Parkin, said it was important for kids to learn about ocean safety.“All kids should do Nippers so they can learn those skills,” he said.Cody, Morgen, Matt and Lochlan said if you are caught in a rip, don’t panic, swim to the side and out of the rip and get attention.
There are many more stories and information about the Surf Lifesaving at http://www.slsfoundation.com.au/news-releases.aspx
Remember to swim between the flags!