Police talk to a young man, known only as ‘David’ after he was rescued from a rip at South Golden Beach by a local surfer yesterday. The 23-year-old from Brisbane was about 150 metres out when he got caught.
Police talk to a young man, known only as ‘David’ after he was rescued from a rip at South Golden Beach by a local surfer yesterday. The 23-year-old from Brisbane was about 150 metres out when he got caught. David Nielsen

Surfer plucks swimmer from rip

SOUTH GOLDEN BEACH surfer ‘Foz’ has a carton of beer coming his way after his heroic rescue of a swimmer at the beach yesterday.

Residents said Foz quickly came to the aid of a young Brisbane man who got caught in a strong rip about 100 metres off shore.

Recovering after the drama and safely back on the beach with friends, the rescued 23-year-old Brisbane man, who wished to be referred to only as ‘David’, said he was taken quickly away from shore and could not get back to the beach.

Tiring and treading water at the back of the breaking waves David said he gave a wave to attract help and the surfboard rider paddled out to him from the beach.

Foz took 15 minutes to help David back to shore.

David and his friends said three board riders went to help, with one of them losing his board.

“It was a very strong rip, choppy conditions,” he said.

“I would have been 150 metres out.”

A very grateful David said he had real doubts that he would have managed to make it back to shore without the surfer’s help.

“I doubt it. I was pretty exhausted and I was glad there were people on the beach.

“The rip was so strong I had to go with it but I was losing energy.”

Meanwhile his scared friends rang Triple-0, with police and later ambulance soon in attendance.

“I’m (an) experienced (swimmer) but this was pretty bloody exhausting,” he said.

His hero Foz went back to surfing the waves immediately and was unable to be spoken to. Locals said they believed his name was also David.



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