Bundaberg Lifeguard recognised with National Rescue of the Month award after rescuing four people at Oaks Beach.
On Saturday 1 October 2016 at 5.15pm, Teisha Towner from the Queensland Lifeguard Service – Bundaberg Region Council was packing up after her lifeguard shift at Oaks Beach, Burnett Heads when she noticed four people being quickly swept away from shore in a rip current.
Teisha grabbed a rescue board and paddled out through rough conditions to find two children and two adults struggling to remain above water.
Two of the patients were able to grab onto the rescue board while the other two needed assistance to latch on to the board.
Unable to paddle the board back to shore, Teisha managed to squeeze the children on top of the board and float towards the safety of nearby rocks.
Paramedics arrived on scene to assess the patient’s wellbeing whom were all in good health, albeit a little upset and shaken up from the rescue.
Without the direct action and advance rescue skill displayed by Teisha, the outcome of the swimmers could have been much worse.
Surf Life Saving Australia reminds swimmers, the best way to avoid a rip is to swim at a patrolled beach between the red and yellow flags.