A Noosa Heads Surf Life Saving patrol group has been recognised for a monumental day of rescues in January which included three at Noosa Fairy Pools. Photo Lachie Millard
A Noosa Heads Surf Life Saving patrol group has been recognised for a monumental day of rescues in January which included three at Noosa Fairy Pools. Photo Lachie Millard

5 ambulances, 2 choppers called in epic beach rescues

Patrolling the Coast's beaches can be a stressful and strenuous hobby for the region's volunteer lifesavers.

That is certainly the case for the crew Noosa Heads Surf Lifesaving Club, who will forever have a hot January morning etched into their memories.

Patrol captain David Tomba and the team of six women performed a series of rescues on January 18 which required two helicopter extractions and five ambulances.

Coast lifesavers are in a class of their own

Mr Tomba said the 4.5 hour shift turned into an unforgettable six hours for the patrol group.

"It just seemed to happen one after another," he said.

"Literally at one stage there we had an ambulance pulling away, as another incident came into the first aid room."

The eventful shift included finding the parents of two lost children and three rescues at West Beach including one shoulder dislocation, one person with multiple cuts on their torso and one split chin.

Popular thrillseeker spot the Fairy Pools proved an added headache as the patrol group was called to three serious incidents including one spinal injury, one major knee laceration and one head and torso laceration.

The brave crew, known as Patrol Group 14, were acknowledged for their remarkable efforts recently at the Surf Life Saving Queensland Awards of Excellence 2020.

Mr Tomba was awarded the Jack McMaster AM DFC Medal for Lifesaving Excellence - Outstanding Leadership.

The remainder of Patrol Group 14 were awarded the Jack Dearlove MBA Medal for lifesaving excellence - Outstanding rescue.

"I had a good crew around me," Mr Tomba said.

"Everyone did their job as needed without question."


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