QUICK THINKING AND TEAMWORK SAVES LIFE
Authored by: Excerpts taken from Rescue of The Month Submission
On Wednesday 1 March, three quick-thinking young lifesavers from the Woolgoolga SLSC bravely rescued a young woman from the surf at Woolgoolga Back Beach amid rough conditions and 3-foot spilling waves.
The three boys had just finished a school sports class and were about to leave the beach when they sprung into action. Finn Casper called out as the young woman was caught in a strong rip in deep water and was seen to be struggling to swim about 100m down the beach. Koby Kudrins stopped and turned before he realised he didn’t have his board with him and that it would be dangerous to enter the water without it. He instead assisted Jack Hayes by running back to get his board to assist his friend, who had his board close by, who ran to the water and paddled out, using the skills he was taught in the Surf Survival course by WSLSC. Jack paddled out in the rip to get to her as quickly as possible. Once he got close to her, he got off his board so he could allow her to use it while she caught her breath. Once she’d caught her breath, Jack swam next to the woman while safely getting back to shore.
The story was picked up by NBN news and the coverage can be seen here.