News

Rescuers deserve award

Evans Head lifesavers (from left) Ben Redman, Callum O’Grady and John Rigley.
Evans Head lifesavers (from left) Ben Redman, Callum O’Grady and John Rigley.

BATTLING the element of surprise, a rough surf and impending darkness, surf lifesavers from Evans Head rescued a woman from drowning late on Monday evening.

Jon Rigley, captain of the Evans Head-Casino Life Savings club, was relaxing at home just after 7pm when he got a phone call from the police. A woman had been seen entering the water at the north breakwall and hadn't emerged.

He sprang into action immediately.

Mr Rigley rang the life guard on-call Ben Redman and they both headed to the beach where they found clubman Callum O'Grady.

"I got onto the board while Ben and Callum jumped in the boat," Mr Rigley said. "All up we had the boat in the water in 10 minutes of getting the call."

"The woman had drifted about 400m out, she was extremely distressed and screaming.

"The surf was pretty rough, not extreme, but it was dark, it was right on dusk. It was an extremely dangerous time to do a rescue.

"I had pretty much decided to turn the board around because it was so dark, but we switched the motor off one last time and we heard her," Mr Rigley said.

Eyewitnesses suggested that the life savers deserved a bravery award.

But Mr Rigley wasn't convinced the trio of lifesavers deserved any awards.

"What do you say? What we did was just part and parcel of being a surf lifesaver with that level of commitment, of being on call.

"We were just very fortunate with the timing, five minutes later and it would have been very different," he said.

Mr O'Grady, 18, has been a member of the club for three years and grew up at Evans Head.

"I was just down at the beach at the time checking out the surf.

While it wasn't Mr O'Grady's first rescue, he certainly hadn't done one quite like it before, he said.

"We were just doing what we are there to do," Mr O'Grady said.

It has been a pretty quiet summer for the Evans Head-Casino patrol in terms of rescues, but it always pays to be prepared, Mr Redman said.

Topics:  evans head, rescue, surf life saving



Why this person will be banned from Ballina shopping centre

Police have also been told about the situation

Lismore ED staffing issues resolved at eleventh hour

Exterior of Lismore Base Hospital.

Urgent understaffing issues resolved

Plans for new Ballina servo shut down

Ballina Council Chambers 2012. Photo: Photo Doug Eaton / The Ballina Shire Advocate

DA was "controversial" and a petition had been signed by 650 people

Local Partners

Children rock loudly with Bunny Racket from today

Bangalow's Andy Walker is King Bunny, the star of new children's music project Bunny Racket, playing at Little Splendour last July.

The project includes Robby Krieger of The Doors, among others

Circus, opera merge in Norpa spectacular

Circa performers Nicole Faubert, Bridie Hooper, Brittannie Portelli, and Nathan Boyle are appearing in Il Ritorno at the Lismore City Hall as part of the Norpa season.

Il Ritorno is a classic tale of love, loss and longing

What's on the big screen this week

Mel Gibson and Diego Luna in a scene from the movie Blood Father.

THREE new thrillers open in cinemas today.

Love is in the air on The Bachelor, but not for Kiki

The Bachelor Australia contestant Kirralee 'Kiki' Morris.

BACHELORETTE bows out gracefully as show enters its final weeks.

A $65,000 bathroom? The Block's incredible budget blow-outs

The Block contestants Julia and Sasha spent a whopping $65,000 on their first renovated room.

TEAMS deliver most expensive en-suites in reno show's history.

How high? Twin 20-storey high-rises plan for "over 50s"

A development application has been lodged with the Fraser Coast Regional Council to build two skyscrapers in Hervey Bay.

Developer says Bay needs to move with the times.

Australia's most expensive balcony and it hasn't been built

Viridian Noosa.

How Noosa millionares' squabble could affect body corporates

Receivers move in on Springfield's 'Tower of Power'

The 10-storey tower at Springfield is up for sale with interest high in the iconic structure.

Interest high in iconic 10-storey office building

REVEALED: Pat Rafter's $18m Coast house on the market

Check out the photos of the Coast's most expensive property for sale

The "correction we had to have" in Gladstone's rentals

UPWARD MARCH: The rental vacancy rate in Gladstone has improved for the first time in more than a year, providing a confidence boost in the market.

Vacancy rates improve with signs that things are getting betterF

ISLAND FOR SALE: Cheap Fraser Coast island drops price again

Suna Island in the Great Sandy Strait will be auctioned by Ray White Hervey Bay on Saturday morning.

This is the cheapest island you will find for sale in Australia