Vigilance & Service - Club member performs rescue at Coolangatta

At approximately 13.30 local time on December 28th, off duty lifeguard, Ralph Gifford, 28, went to the aid of two novice surfers who had got into difficulty at the northern end of the beach.


The two males had ignored beach warning signs and got into difficulty when the strong northerly sweep dragged them onto the rocks of the breakwater that seperates Coolangatta and Kirra beaches on the Gold Coast.


After the rescue Mr Gifford said: "the two young men were clearly very inexperienced in the water and found themselves in a very dangerous situation. Fortunately I had just come in from the surf myself and noticed the pair being swept towards the rocks".


He added: "the northerly sweep was very strong due to a 2-3ft swell wrapping around the point from the south. The two young men found themselves tangled in the rocks by their surfboard leashes. Fortunately, i was able to free them and drag them back to the safety of the beach".


Both of the casualties were unharmed but visibly shaken and thanked Mr Gifford for his help. 


Coolangatta beach is a popular tourist and surfing location in Queensland. In March each year the worlds best surfers come to compete at Snapper Rocks and the infamous superbank - a man made sandbank which creates some of the best right hand waves anywhere in the world.