Mum and daughter praise men for saving their lives in surf
A MOTHER and daughter who almost drowned in rips off Mooloolaba Beach have heaped praise on a surf lifesaver and a mystery man who helped rescue them.
Mila Clark is convinced she and 13-year-old daughter Jasmine would have died if it hadn't been for off-duty surf lifesaver Joshua Schorr and a man who was walking by at the time.
It was a spur of the moment swim before the drive home on Tuesday afternoon that almost turned to tragedy.
Mrs Clark said Jasmine was standing about waist deep in the water when she became caught in a rip.
Within seconds, she was struggling to keep her head above water.
"It was the most horrible moment of my life," Mrs Clark said, holding back tears.
"I immediately screamed 'help, help, help'."
A man who had been walking by with a woman, dived in and swam out to Jasmine.
Mr Schorr, who had just finished a workout at the SLSC, also heard the cries for help.
He jumped into action when Mrs Clark entered the water and also became caught in a rip.
He's been an active member of the Mooloolaba SLSC since November, patrolling at least once a month, but this was his first rescue.
"It was a pretty strong current. It took about 15 minutes to get her back in," he said.
Mrs Clark thought the mystery man was named Ben, from Portugal.
Mr Schorr believed his name to be Manuel.
SURF SAFETY TIPS
- Swim between the red and yellow flags at the beach. The red and yellow flags indicate the safest place to swim when lifeguards and lifesavers patrol beaches.
- Always swim or surf at places patrolled by lifesavers or lifeguards.
- Always swim under supervision.
- Read and obey the signs.
- If you are unsure of surf conditions, ask a lifeguard or lifesaver.
- Don't swim directly after a meal.
- Don't swim under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- Always check the depth of the water.