SUNSHINE BEACH SLSC AND AUSTRALIAN LIFEGUARD SERVICE
LIFESAVERS/LIFEGUARDS INVOLVED: Olivia Emanuel, Josh Jones, Isaac Smith
On Sunday 5 November, 16-year-old surf lifesaver Olivia Emanuel from Sunshine Beach SLSC and two lifeguards from the Australian Lifeguard Service were involved in the rescue and resuscitation of a 23-year-old female caught in a rip current at a treacherous section between Sunrise and Sunshine Beach in Queensland, approximately 600m from the nearest patrolled location.
Off-duty surf lifesaver Olivia Emanuel, and a surfer, rescued an unconscious young female from a rip current, dragged the victim up the beach and after initial checks began performing CPR. Sunrise Beach lifeguard Josh Jones was alerted to a young female in trouble by a member of the public.
Josh immediately dropped his flags and proceed north to assist. Upon arrival, Josh assessed the situation and began preparing the emergency care equipment. Josh then relieved Olivia and the surfer of performing CPR. Lifeguard Isaac Smith, arrived to Josh performing CPR, oropharyngeal airway inserted and defibrillator pads attached. Josh and Isaac continued emergency care actions until ambulance crews arrived. Olivia comforted and gathered information from the victim’s friend.
The victim was rushed to Sunshine Coast Hospital for further treatment.
Olivia demonstrated a tremendous level of composure and outstanding lifesaving skills, with Josh and Isaac administering a high standard of emergency care, highlighting the outstanding lifeguard service delivered on the Sunshine Coast.
The stretch of water where the incident occurred is currently listed as one of Queensland’s black spots known for persistent and strong rips.
The best way to avoid a rip is to swim between the red and yellow flags.
More rip current info 👉 www.beachsafe.org.au