Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Mates Remember Mooloolaba Hero

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Mates Remember Mooloolaba Hero

Article excerpt

AMONG his Mooloolaba Surf Life Saving Club mates, Charlie Inwood was a legend.

There was the time he organised a rescue of seven club members who had been caught at Old Woman Island in cyclonic conditions.

And there was when he helped people hurt after an RAAF Wirraway plane crashed on Maroochydore Beach, killing three people.

The former club captain, president and life member died on Thursday morning, aged 87, but stories of his strength of character, courage and leadership will live on.

Harry Hughes, who knew Mr Inwood for close to 70 years, said his mate was a clever man, a born organiser, and as brave as they come.

Mr Hughes said Mr Inwood had put his life on the line in 1953 to rescue seven club members who had rowed to Old Woman Island for a night.

When conditions turned cyclonic, he convinced a trawler operator to take him out to find them, even though the boat owner thought they had a 50-50 chance of making it back themselves. …

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