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SURF life savers are urging beachgoers to
take precautions after the near drowning
of a 24 year old man at Woolamai Beach.
A lifesaver from the Woolamai Beach Surf
Life Saving Club saw the unconscious man out-
side the patrolled area on the afternoon of Tues-
day, December 27.
Members of the surf club brought the man
back to shore and started CPR. They are unsure
how he got into trouble.
He regained consciousness and was airlifted
to a Melbourne hospital with non-life threatening
This was one of three rescues by Woolamai
Beach Surf Life Saving Club during the Christ-
Visits to the beaches patrolled by the surf club
including Smiths Beach and Cowes – spiked to
10,000 during this time.
Woolamai Beach Surf Life Saving Club life
member Michelle Murphy said it was an opportunity
to remind beachgoers to stay safe near the water.
“Woolamai is a rip and bar beach. It may look
scary when waves crash into the bar but that’s
where it is safe. People tend to go towards calm
waters, not knowing there could be a rip there.
That’s where we have our biggest problems.
Children jump in and don’t know the danger they
could be getting into,” she said.
Smiths Beach and Cowes Beach are much flat-
ter. There is a rip to look out for near the pier at
Cowes and people are urged to be aware of the
rock formation at Smiths. Otherwise, these are
Venus Bay Surf Life Saving Club had two ma-
jor incidents at beach five over the Christmas pe-
riod, which were both responded to quickly.
“There was a tragedy at beach five two years
ago, and since then we’ve planned responses and
we have a vehicle ready to go,” president Craig
“We monitor all the beaches but generally
speaking beach five is not patrolled. Again we
send the message for people to swim between the
flags where it’s patrolled.”
A swimmer was caught in a rip on beach five
on Christmas Eve. They managed to get back to
shore themselves, but the surf life saving club and
Venus Bay CERT team were on scene quickly
provide additional care.
A 40 year old man was also caught in a rip on
Christmas Day. The man was eventually rescued
by his 14 year old son but was in need of urgent
care. The surf life saving club and the CERT team
helped to transport the man back to the clubhouse,
where he received treatment by paramedics.
“We were lucky over Christmas because the
conditions were beautiful, but the beach is known
for rips and the size of the swell,” Mr Watson said.
“Attendance was way up this year. The car
park was full and overflowing for a couple of ki-
lometres. It’s a huge number and we need people
to be aware to prevent accidents.”
Wonthaggi Life Saving Club had one rescue
Rescues stir beach warning
All smiles: from left, Inverloch Surf Life
Saving Club volunteers Hugh Bowman,
Isobel Christie and Lachlan Peele said they
have enjoyed patrolling the Inverloch surf
beach from their new vantage point. The
patrol tower was moved down the beach
to a safer spot near the access path before
and several incidents requiring first aid.
“The lesson is fairly simple: make sure you
always have a friend with you. It gets fairly busy
when it’s hot and there’s a lot going on. We en-
courage people to absolutely go out and have
fun, but make sure consequences are considered
before going out into the water,” president Mark
“If you’re going out, make sure you tell some-
one. We’ve had incidents of kayakers and swim-
mers heading out without telling anyone where
they are going. They get reported missing to us,
but we can’t help unless we know where they
planned to go.”
First aid was administered to people who
slipped on a nearby rock formation. The club
urged beachgoers to be careful in rocky areas.
Most beaches are patrolled by paid lifeguards
on weekdays, and volunteers on weekends and
Wonthaggi and Cape Paterson do not have paid
lifeguards, so patrols are only active on weekends
Drink driving swoop
THREE drink drivers faced the wrath of Foster
A 31 year old female from Mirboo North
was stopped by police in Fish Creek on De-
She had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC)
of .144 .
She had her car impounded 30 days, and will
face court at a later date.
A 20 year old male from Toora was also
caught in Fish Creek with a BAC of .027 on De-
The P-plate driver had his licence cancelled
and was disqualified from driving for three
A 33 year old male from Point Cook, blew a
BAC of .150, three times the legal limit on De-
The man was caught by police in Foster and
was also driving an unregistered car.
The car was impounded, his licence was im-
mediately suspended and he will face court.
$24,000 cattle theft
POLICE are currently investigating the
theft of 16 cattle.
The steers are valued at $24,000 and were
stolen sometime between Friday, December 16,
and Friday, December 23.
The theft took place in Inverloch on the In-
verloch-Venus Bay Road.
Police are appealing to anyone who might
have information to contact the Inverloch police
Bikie on the run
A BLACK motorcycle was seen travelling from
Leongatha to Korumburra at an extreme speed
on Friday, December 30.
The public alerted the police to the speed-
ing motorcyclist at about 9.45am and police
attempted to intercept the rider within minutes
near the Coal Creek Community Park and Mu-
seum in Korumburra.
The rider refused to stop and sped through
the township of Korumburra towards Mel-
Leongatha Police are wanting to hear from
any witnesses who can help identify the rider
and particularly, anyone who may have written
down the motorcycle’s registration number.
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