Topics:  bundaberg, flooding, oswald, surf life saving

Our lifesavers off to help flood-hit Bundy

WARREN LYNAM

SUNSHINE Coast teens Vanessa Louw (left) and Aleeshia Chick are among 20 Coast lifesavers off on an important rescue mission.

The small red and yellow army of volunteers have packed their utes and headed north to flood-ravaged Bundaberg.

Vanessa,18, and Aleeshia,19, from the Kawana club, were ready to go yesterday afternoon. The lifesavers will support the Bundy community with first aid, patrols and clean-up.

FOR Dicky Beach Surf Life Saving Club first aid officer Ian Irwin, it was a split second decision to go. "As soon as we got the email at 10 o'clock at night, I was straight on the phone saying when can we go," Mr Irwin said.

"We loaded the ute up with first aid gear, surf rescue gear, knee length boots and our sleeping bags.

"I used to be in the army and we went down to the Brisbane floods so it's nothing we haven't seen before

"I just like helping people, that's what you get into surf lifesaving for."

Vanessa said she had seen all the devastation on TV.

"I just wanted to help," she said.

The Sunshine Coast lifesavers will man 12 first aid stations today and tomorrow and will be on standby to assist with beach patrols if needed while the Bundaberg crew helps with the community recovery process.

 

The utes have been loaded with sleeping bags and swags for a stay at the Bundaberg and Elliot Heads Surf Life Saving Clubs.

Surf Life Saving Queensland Sunshine Coast services coordinator Aaron Purchase said it was right to pay tribute to the volunteers and clubs who offered assistance and equipment during the floods.

"This is a testament to the commitment and courage of our volunteers who make up this wonderful organisation," Mr Purchase said.

"It is great to see people always willing to put their hand up to support the community - not just at the beach, but wherever it is needed."

Surf Life Saving Queensland's 24-hour Emergency Response Groups have been working hard helping emergency services.



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