Monday, 7 January 2013

Lifeguards Launch Fundraising Appeal Following Theft of £8500 Quad Bike

Rest Bay Lifeguard Club has launched a fundraising appeal to replace the quad bike which was stolen from their lifeguard station at the end of October 2012. The quad bike was an essential part of operations on the beach and was used as both a response vehicle to reach casualties on the beach quickly as well as being used to launch surf rescue powercraft to rescue and assist beach goers who had got into difficulties in the strong currents at Rest Bay. The club has around 200 members from 7 upwards and the quad was used to support training operations. Without the ability to tow and launch the safety boat to cover training sessions these sessions could be put in jeopardy.

Club Captain Chris Page said, ‘We have been left devastated by how thieves could steal a rescue vehicle. To make matters worse our insurers would not cover this vehicle for theft. As a result we now need to raise a substantial amount of money before summer 2013 starts. Without the ability to reach casualties on the beach or launch rescue powercraft quickly I have no doubt that lives at Rest Bay will be at risk. In 2012 lifeguards at Rest Bay performed 93 first aids, found 26 missing children, rescued 6 people and assisted a further 17 from the water. The quad was used in a large percentage of these incidents. We are very greatful to members of the community who have already donated to the appeal but still need your support as we have a substantial amount to raise. If you’re involved with an organisation or company who may be able to help out please get in touch. You can contact us via our facebook or twitter pages or by email:

If you wish to donate to the appeal please visit and search for Rest Bay.

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