SAFETY FIRST: Lifesavers Mason Hebbard, Kelly Lawton, Scott Lawton, Quinton Smith, Cody Smith and Matilda Phelan.
SAFETY FIRST: Lifesavers Mason Hebbard, Kelly Lawton, Scott Lawton, Quinton Smith, Cody Smith and Matilda Phelan. Contributed

Paddle boarders found on rocks five beaches away

AN EMU PARK man's Sunday afternoon beers turned into a search party for his wife after she and her friend disappeared on their paddleboards.

Emu Park surf lifesaver Quinton Smith said it was a picturesque afternoon when he and his team were alerted to two missing beachgoers who had been gone for quite some time.

"I had just finished my inspection around the flags at 12.30 when I was flagged down by patrol on the beach," Quinton said.

"A man wanted to report he had lost sight of his wife and her friend who were both paddleboarding on the water."

Emu Park Surf Life Saving Club president Mark Wyre said the patrol team which consisted of Mason Hebbard, 15, Matilda Phelan, 15, Cody Smith, 15 and Kelly and Scott Lawton, followed the directions of Quinton and knew exactly what to do.

"They jumped into the boat and conducted a roving patrol," he said.

"This goes to show it's a great asset to have our lifesavers dedicating their time on the beach."

Quinton said the team spent a fair amount of time patrolling the waters before they spotted the two missing paddleboarders.

"We found them five beaches north of Emu Park," he said.

"They were on the rocks at Kemp Beach."

The two paddle boarders weren't hurt, just a bit tired from the long journey.

Quinton said it could have been a much worse situation.

"As we rescued them another storm started to roll in," he said.

"This is the first major incident we have had in a while."

The husband was reunited with his wife and her friend later that afternoon.

Mark said people don't realise beaches can be just as dangerous when the water is calm.

"Sunday was a postcard day and a rescue doesn't have to be from bad conditions," Mark said.

"It's a credit to these guys for what they did…our motto is vigilance and service and this is a good example of that."

Quinton said the rescue went smoothly and the team did really well.

"I've been at the club for 10 years and these sort of experiences make you remember why you do what you do."

Benefits of being a Surf LifeSaver:

  • Know what to do in an emergency
  • Keep you and everyone around you aware of possible dangers
  • The Nippers program helps young kids become lifesavers


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