Lifesaver rescues own parents and grandfather from the surf
CALOUNDRA lifesaver Colton Pleass never expected to rescue his mother, father and grandfather all in one sweep.
Hectic conditions, including strong rips and sweeps, kept lifesavers busy on Sunday, when there were 18 rescues across the Sunshine Coast, including 13 at Kings Beach in five hours.
Mr Pleass, 19, had been patrolling all afternoon and at about 4pm had just been telling his mum and dad, Kate and Warwick, how busy it was at the beach.
At 4.30pm, his patrol captain, Nathan Steer, gave the alert that three more people needed rescuing.
When Mr Pleass, in an IRB, was nearing the group, he realised it was his own family.
"It was a bit of shock," he said.
His family members had all been competitive swimmers in their time, but the conditions proved that anyone could get into trouble in the ocean.
"They were swimming together and my grandad,
Kevin, was a bit puffed and got into a bit of trouble," Mr Pleass said.
"They were pretty embarrassed to be rescued, but they were just fine."
In a twist, the IRB used to rescue the family was donated by Mr Pleass's grandfather's Rotary Club.
Surf Life Saving Queensland services co-ordinator Aaron Purchase said Sunday had provided "very challenging conditions" for swimmers, particularly at the southern end of the Coast.
"There were lots of rips," he said. "It was the busiest day of the year."