Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Rescue Efforts Cost Club; Throw Lifesavers a Buoy and Help Keep Their Vital Service Afloat

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Rescue Efforts Cost Club; Throw Lifesavers a Buoy and Help Keep Their Vital Service Afloat

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Byline: Sherele Moody Sherele.Moody@apn.com.au

TEN years ago Darren Horton's young daughter made a decision that would change his family's life.

Kirra Horton was just seven when she decided to join the Hervey Bay Surf Life Saving Club's green-cappers.

Since then the club has also embraced Mr Horton, his wife Valerie and Kirra's two siblings.

"I love being part of the club because it involves our family, we enjoy the beach and we enjoy the lifestyle and the camaraderie within the movement of surf lifesaving," Mr Horton said.

"The people there are all like-minded - they want to better themselves or better the community and help the community.

"That's why we love doing it."

Since joining the club, Mr Horton has seen his fair share of rescues including an incredibly close call two years ago off Hervey Bay.

"One rescue happened off the Urangan Jetty where a fellow was swept out to sea," the club captain recalled.

"He jumped off the jetty trying to save his fishing gear and got swept out into the channel. …

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