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Two attentive Brunswick Surf Life Saving Club (SLSC) patrol members saved two lives last Sunday after a couple got caught in a flash rip at Brunswick Beach, 100 metres north of the flags.

The club’s  Guy Knox told Echonetdaily the incident occurred shortly after high tide in moderate surf conditions.

‘Within a minute, they were dragged 50 metres into the surf zone. Two attentive patrol members – Bryce Holmes and Sam Atkins – ran to their surf rescue boards and raced to assist.’

Boat motor stalled

‘As Bryce and Sam arrived at the scene, a Brunswick SLSC inflatable rescue boat, skippered by patrol captain Craig Reid and his crew Brianna Clarkson, also arrived.

‘With waves breaking over the rescue boat, stalling the motor, Brianna pulled the woman from the surf.

‘Craig got the motor started before the next set of waves and brought the woman safety to the shore. Her partner was accompanied to the shallows by Bryce and Sam.

‘The quick thinking by those patrol members involved helped avert a possible tragedy,’ he said.


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