MESSAGE FROM President SLSA Graham Ford AM
As I am sure some of you will have already heard, yesterday at approximately 10.40am Surf Life Saving lost two brave surf lifesavers who were attempting to rescue a male tourist near Port Campbell on the Victorian coast.
Three surf lifesavers responded to the incident after being tasked by Victoria Police in an LSV RIB, however, in difficult conditions, the boat was reportedly hit by a large wave and capsized. Police and Emergency Services helicopters responded and were able to rescue the 30 year old male tourist and one of the three surf lifesavers. Sadly, a 32 year old male surf lifesaver and 71 year old male surf lifesaver did not survive.
At this time, we are immensely proud of the selfless dedication of all volunteer surf lifesavers who risk their lives to help others. However, this news is truly devastating for the entire surf lifesaving community, and we send our thoughts and prayers to the families and friends of all three surf lifesavers, the local community, Port Campbell SLSC, and the members and staff of Life Saving Victoria.
Surf Life Saving Australia is incredibly grateful for the efforts of the Victorian Emergency Service Agencies who responded yesterday and worked tirelessly in the rescue efforts. In particular we extend our condolences to the Victorian CFA, Victorian SES and other Victorian Emergency Services also affected. I am in Victoria this morning to spend time with Paul James President LSV, Nigel Taylor CEO LSV and visit the members and local community of Port Campbell SLSC, as well as support the members and staff of Life Saving Victoria during this difficult time.
A message from LSV President, Paul James can be found here – https://bit.ly/2Pq1T8r