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AN incredible rescue at Venus
Bay Number 1 beach, that would
certainly have resulted in two
deaths, if not three, on Friday, De-
cember 4 will be the subject of a
high-level bravery nomination for
the ‘hero’ of the day, Dave Cum-
A man with 35 years’ experience
as a surf lifesaver, the local electri-
cian just happened to be having his
lunch at the beach that day when
he noticed four people enter the
water and immediately get washed
out in a rip.
“We’ve got some severe rips
down there at the moment and,
if nothing else, this should act as
a warning to everyone visiting the
beach, to only swim between the
flags,” said Venus Bay SLSC Presi-
dent Craig Watson.
With no patrols on the beach, be-
ing a Friday before the start of the
holiday season, Cumming went to
the Venus Bay clubrooms and took
out a rescue board and immedi-
ately went into rescue mode.
One of the people managed to get
to the beach themselves but two
were already in severe difficulty
and another in trouble.
Cumming got three people to the
beach and had to commence CRP
on one of them, continuing until lo-
cal CERT (Community Emergency
Response Team), air ambulance
and Ambulance Victoria arrived.
“One of the people was airlifted
to Melbourne in a critical condition
and another was taken to Wont-
haggi by road ambulance suffering
shock and hyperthermia.
“In our opinion, two possible
three people could have drowned
and it was only the quick thinking
and rescue experience of Dave that
stopped a certain tragedy from
Mr Watson said Dave and the
club had already received a com-
mendation from the Mayor of
South Gippsland Shire and he
would be nominated for a Surf
Lifesaving Victoria and external
“It’s just an example of why Ve-
nus Bay is listed as one of the three
most dangerous beaches in Victo-
“The message is simply, don’t
swim at the beach if there aren’t
lifeguards or surf club patrols in
The professional lifeguard ser-
vice operates on weekdays between
Christmas and the Australia Day
weekend. Weekend patrols by Ve-
nus Bay SLSC started on Novem-
ber 28 and continue until Australia
“We’ve just had 20 people go
through out Bronze Camp and
qualify, many of them new recruits
for our patrols.”
New jet ski
Also during the week last week,
the Venus Bay Surf Lifesaving
Club received a $2000 Community
Grant from the South Gippsland
Shire towards the cost of a new jet
ski for the group, to improve res-
cue response and training.
They are also committed to
raising awareness of the summer
campaign ‘Swimming between the
There has never been a record-
ed drowning in Victoria between
patrolled flags. Last year, a tragic
drowning occurred at Venus Bay
Number 5 Beach whilst Number
1 Beach was being patrolled. This
tragedy could have been avoided if
the swimmer was swimming be-
tween the flags at Number 1 Beach.
The single most important role
of the Venus Bay Surf Life Saving
club is to provide a safe swimming
environment for users of Beach 1
during designated patrol periods.
If they are able to raise awareness
for users of the beach to ‘swim be-
tween the flags’ they are absolutely
convinced they will quite simply
save more lives.
To raise awareness for beach us-
ers to swim between the flags, the
club’s very own English Channel
conqueror Paul Hoffman and col-
leagues Mike Gregory and Steve
Klugman swam the 40km from
Bairnsdale to Lakes Entrance, on
November 28, with the entire swim
taking place between patrol flags!
Sponsorship of the event as-
sisted in raising funds to help
purchase the jet ski to which the
shire’s $2000 grant will also be
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A proud Venus Bay Surf Lifesaving Club member, Simonetta Seri, receives a $2000 grant from the
South Gippsland Shire’s Cr Kieran Kennedy, a week after an off-duty member of the club rescued four
people who were swept out to see at Venus Bay. The funds will go towards the purchase of a jet ski to
boost the club’s response and training capabilities. m105115
Bravery nomination after stunning rescue
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