Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Rescued, twice..just to be sure.....!!


It's such a pleasure to watch the Sorrento Surf Life Saving Club during a training session.  They're  so dedicated and enthusiastic, you can't help get caught up in the positive vibes! So here's how it works..they take their 'target' a little off shore and throw him overboard with great gusto, turn the boat and scream towards the shore, whirl it around and head back out to where he's convincingly playing 'in trouble'..They haul him on board and would normally get him back to shore pronto and start with whatever procedures are necessary to revive him... however as this is a training session..
they head back to shore, but before they get there they dump him overboard again and zoom off leaving him to raise his hand in the distress signal and wait for rescue No. 2 by surf board.....
Cue the lifesaver who heads out on her board through the waves to perform the rescue..reaching her target, she proceeds to haul him onto the board, which didn't look that easy, as, let's put it this way, he wasn't a lightweight!
Once she had him safely 'on board' she climbed up behind him and started kicking for shore.. success. Of course it's all so much easier when the weather conditions are good and the 'casualty' is probably cracking jokes all the way back to shore.....They do an award winning job in sometimes horrendous conditions, so in my books all praise to them. Happy Tuesday.....btw is anyone else having problems with the CDP forum page, I haven't been able to get it up for two days now?

41 comments:

  1. Terrific series of 'rescue' shots, Grace.

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  2. These are terrific indeed, Grace! Oh, and the color of the water!! Gorgeous! Wonderful to know the members of this Live Saving club are so well trained and prepared! Marvelous post for the day and terrific captures as always! Hope your week is going well!

    Sylvia

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  3. Nice to know they are so well trained! And lucky you (or prepared you...) having your camera at the ready! Nice shots...have a great day!

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  4. Did you volunteer to serve as a victim, so those hunky lifeguards could save you? (Nice pix, of course.)

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  5. beau reflexe de photo-reporteur et au final ce qui compte c'est que tout ce finisse bien

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  6. Great action shots...gorgeous blue water as always. I recently read an article about Sarasota lifeguards. One guy rescued 5 swimmers (all by himself) who got caught up in a rip current in the Gulf of Mexico on Thanksgiving. Yes, those lifeguards are impressive! I tried to access CDP yesterday unsuccessfully as well. Anyone know what Theme Day is for April?

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  7. Great set of images! How wonderful!

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  8. Great shots as usual Grace! You are right - these people are heroes.
    I haven't been able to get CDP for a few days now - wonder if they are changing servers or something.

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  9. You are in good hands with these dedicated life-savers Grace.

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  10. What a dedicated group of public servants! I'd feel much safer know they were on duty.
    Yes, I haven't been able to get to CDP either.

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  11. Haha! What fun!! Nothing like a bit of eye candy on the beach!!

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  12. Bonza photos. As the saying goes "Practice Makes Perfect" :-).

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  13. Great job made by those men and women, we never thank them enough for what they do!

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  14. Apparently Blogger has added .au to our blog addresses and it causing lots of problems. While I don't know what CDP is, maybe that is the issue.

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  15. Queste foto mi hanno fatto venire voglia di mare!! buona giornata...ciao

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  16. I think you had a fun day watching these people "play." Only we know this is actually very serious business! Love the photos, the colors and you did a great job keeping everything and everyone in focus!

    Wonder what's wrong with the CDP Portal...I've not been able to access it for several days!

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  17. An impressive display, in many ways...

    Chrissy from Manchester: a photo a day at Mancunian Wave

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  18. How many people do they save every summer?

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    1. Sebastian ElliottMay 10, 2012 at 8:33 AM

      Australia have executed 9,189 rescues and
      administered first aid on 20,381 patients. Furthermore,
      across Australia 315 people lost their lives through
      drowning on our beaches or in waterways, in sorrento we have recinatlly had a death of a asian spear fisher who was hunting for abaloni was swept out to sea because he had not stayed within the flags, our beach at sorrento has never ever had a death in beetween the flags, only outside

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  19. Awesome job .. I've been having computer issues all morning but I've not been to CDP .. I should go, then when its an issues I can say every where I go there's something wrong .. I'll have some cheese with my whine

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  20. Great to see how they rescue the people. Thanks for showing us.

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  21. I'm always amazed by how strong and determined life savors are. Thank god for them. Always had a crush on our lifeguards at the lake when I was little ;D

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  22. What a contrast between your photos today and yesterday. People exerting themselves to practice how to save lives on the beach, and people lounging around on the beach.

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  23. This is a valued free service and the number of people saved is remarkable. √

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  24. When I was a kid, I remember my grandfather having to be saved in Atlantic City, New Jersey. He was a good swimmer, but got caught by an undertow.

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  25. Those lifeguards are very very important, I think. Nice series, Grace, I want a sea holiday...

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  26. An extreme version of better safe than sorry?

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  27. Great and funny action shots!

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  28. A wonderful post... they do a fantastic job... I am sooo jealous of that lovely sunshine.

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  29. Tous les jours tu me fais venir envie de nager....chère Gaia. Le printemps est arrivé aujourd'hui en Italie.
    Bisou.
    Erika

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  30. Nice series (again ;-)
    You had it right; my name is "Gert Jan".

    See you. ;-)

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  31. What a great service these lifesavers do, it's no wonder they have to train so hard! You captured it all so well :-)

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  32. un beau reportage, tout le monde est sain et sauf ;-)

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  33. Great captures of this important work Grace. I always find it interesting to watch when Surf Life savers are doing their training rescues.

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  34. We are so lucky to have these people looking out for us when we are havign fun in the sun, Grace.
    Great captures!

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  35. Sebastian elliottMay 10, 2012 at 8:21 AM

    its the sorrento lifeguarding method to getting civilians on shore, we have a rock wall surronding the swimmers area in the shore,it is a saftey precaution, we can not bring the boat closer then that to the beach as it could endanger swimmers, the boat and the crewmen inside, if it was to be hit by a wave or impaled ont the reef and rocks.. the 'haul' she does on the other lifeguard is for when the patient is unconscious, it is the quickest and easiest way to bring the patient out of the water and on the saftey of the board with out causing futher dammage to the unconscious swimmer, it is what we are trained to do, in a real situation of course we would take the patient straaight to the beach but it was a training rescue so the lifeguard captain tries to give as many junior lifeguards practice so that they can be prepared for the real thing. :/...

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