The Bondi Rescue lifeguards are confronted with the largest and most serious rescue to occur on Bondi Beach in 70 years in an extremely powerful episode of Bondi Rescue this week.
What starts off as a normal day for the lifeguards ends in tragedy when Jethro spots a group of five swimmers struggling in the notorious section of the beach known as backpackers’ rip.
Singlets, one of the strongest lifeguards in the service with close to a decade of experience, is the first to paddle out and finds an unconscious woman in the water.
Singlets says: “I remember coming over the last wave and what I saw next absolutely shocked me to the core. I just thought to myself, ‘I am going to have to draw on every little bit of skill, every little bit of training to get this woman in because there’s no other option’.”
Wally is next to paddle out and attends to another swimmer in trouble. Corey is not far behind, racing to get to a man who is even further out. When Corey reaches him, he is shocked to discover the man is unconscious, face down and showing no signs of life.
These two swimmers, a man and a woman, are from the same Norwegian family on holiday in Australia. Fighting a dangerous rip, it is a bitter struggle for these highly skilled lifeguards to get the man and woman back to shore to begin resuscitation.
Kerrbox, the most senior lifeguard on duty with 20 years of experience, waits on the beach and prepares the defibrillator. Desperate to save the two people, the determined and courageous lifeguards do not give up hope.
This episode of Bondi Rescue highlights the incredible work the lifeguards do to keep the public safe every day. In the 12 seasons, this six-time TV Week Logie Award-winning series has been on the air, there has never been a rescue performed to this scale. Tragically, the extraordinary speed, expertise, courage and teamwork of the lifeguards is sometimes not enough.
Bondi Rescue airs. Tuesday 25 April at 7.30pm. On Ten