South Rockhampton and Yeppoon Lagoon lifeguard was quick thinking on his Lifeguard shift at Yeppoon on Queensland’s Capricorn Coast.
The incident saw three young swimmers (aged from 10 to 14 years) caught in a torrent rip where the Ross Creek meets the ocean at Fisherman’s Bay, causing the trio to be pushed out to sea. The Lagoon’s skilled Lifeguard team sprang into action to cover the Lagoon releasing 18-year old Patrick Doherty to enter the ocean to effect a heroic rescue of all three children.
Commenting on the incident, Doherty stated “I reached the first boy and he had the look of fear in his eyes and was struggling to stay above water. I put the tube under his arms and continued to swim to the little girl who was also going under. Once I got the third boy onto the tube I put my hand up for assistance and the surf rescue team came out in the rubber duckie.”
The team at Rockhampton Aquatic and BlueFit are incredibly proud of you Patrick, you’re this Yeppoon’s family’s Christmas miracle!
Read more about Patrick’s heroic duties here.