Working Bee Saves A Life

Thirroul Surf Life Saving Club’s voluntary patrols may have finished for the season but that hasn’t stopped its members from springing in to action when required.

Club President Jeff Body and voluntary patrol member Phil Watt were volunteering more of their time on Mother’s Day, when Mr Watt was called upon for help.

While installing lights during this weekend’s Working Bee, one of many which have been conducted during the surf club’s renovation, Mr Watt was approached by a member of the public who came running in to the club advising there was a swimmer caught in a rip and being taken out sea.

Mr Watt quickly evaluated the situation grabbing a rescue board and paddling out 200m to save the struggling swimmer. Upon returning to shore amid humbling applause from the busy Mother’s Day crowd that had gathered on the sand Mr Watt handed the patient over to NSW Police and Ambulance personnel.

“He was in an anxious state and his eyes were as big as dinner plates, he wasn’t looking good,” said Watt.

Thirroul SLSC President Jeff Body said “It is a testament to the well trained volunteers at Thirroul SLSC and a timely reminder that we are never off duty and the skills learned within the surf club can be called upon at any time”.

The off season rescue coincides with National Volunteer Week which began on Monday and runs from the 13th-19th of May this year with the goal of recognising the contribution of over 6 million volunteers across Australia who offer their time and dedication to the communities we live in.

Surf Life Saving NSW could not protect the community without the 20,000+ volunteers who commit their free time to help keep our beaches safe. This summer lifesavers across NSW conducted more than 3500 rescues, carried out 118,308 preventative actions and performed 18,000 first aid treatments.

Tue 14 May 2013