Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Life Saving Sea Rescue; Four Lucky to Be Alive after Getting Caught in Rip

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Life Saving Sea Rescue; Four Lucky to Be Alive after Getting Caught in Rip

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CAROLYN ARCHER

JOURNALIST

carolyn.archer@news-mail.com.au

A 21-YEAR-OLD life guard has saved four people in a dramatic rescue on dusk at Oaks Beach, Burnett Heads.

Teisha Towner was packing up at then end of the day's patrol, just after 5pm Saturday, when four people - two adults and two young girls - came down for a swim.

The Bundaberg Surf Life Saving Club member said by the time she reached the group of four, who were caught in a rip and pulled out behind the north rock wall, the girls were holding on to the adults and pushing them under.

She has no doubt they would have drowned if she didn't act quickly and said the incident served as a timely reminder for beach- goers about the importance of swimming between the flags during patrols hours.

Ms Towner said even 15 minutes later and she would have packed up and left.

"It was about 5.15pm and this group of people came down for a swim," she said.

"I was packing up so I wasn't paying heaps of attention. …

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