Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Tamarind a Surf Hero, but Why?

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Tamarind a Surf Hero, but Why?

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Byline: Bill Hoffman

SURF Life Saving Queensland is delighted micro hero Tamarind Wilden-Snedden rescued a fellow competitor in a Nippers' ironman race, but offers no explanation as to why its water safety officials didn't get there first.

The 11-year-old acted on instinct and selflessly turned back from a win in her first attempt at the distance to rescue Sunshine Beach competitor Ruby Nolan and return her to the shore.

An SLSQ spokesman said there would have been two inflatable rescue boats in the competition area and up to six safety personnel either with rescue tubes or boards.

However, there will not be an inquiry into why none of them responded and it required the 11-year-old to paddle more than 30 metres to affect a rescue.

The Nipper carnival was held at Maroochydore two weeks ago, the home beach of 14-year-old Matthew Barclay who was tragically killed at the Australian Surf Life Saving Titles at Kurrawa earlier this year.

The SLSQ said newly introduced water safety policies included the use of high-visibility competition rash shirts for every competitor and the introduction of new shallow-water rescue procedures. …

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