BEACH RESCUE: Luke Tutt, Dean Urquhart and Kade Welsh saved a young girl on Valla Beach.
BEACH RESCUE: Luke Tutt, Dean Urquhart and Kade Welsh saved a young girl on Valla Beach.

Off-duty lifesavers save girl caught in rip

RELUCTANT heroes, and volunteer surf lifesavers, Luke Tutt, Dean Urquhart and Kade Welsh saved the life of a young girl who got into trouble on Valla Beach.

While having a picnic on the beach on Sunday, the men were alerted to the near drowning when the young girl struggled to stay afloat in the surf on the Southern side of Deep Creek.

"The girl's teenage brother came running, yelling and screaming, saying his sister was in trouble, saying she was caught in a rip," Dean said.

"He said, 'my sister is drowning, my sister is drowning'."

The men swam out and rescued the nine-year-old, who had been holidaying in Australia with her family.

"She was about 50m off the beach," Dean said.

"She was conscious when we grabbed her but she had taken in mouthfuls of water and, in a joint effort, we quickly carried her on to the sand.

"I thought she was okay, but she got a little bit worse, her breathing got heavier and the paramedics helped her with oxygen.

"This rescue shows that parents should only let their children swim between the flags on a patrolled beach and to always monitor their children when they are in the water."