Bondi Rescue stars meet Croyde lifesavers

Joseph Bulmer

Australian reality show stars of Bondi Beach Rescue drop in to talk shop with their RNLI counterparts in North Devon

LIFEGUARD stars of Aussie reality show Bondi Rescue met their RNLI counterparts yesterday (Wednesday) during a visit to a packed beach at Croyde.

Andrew “Reidy” Reid, Trent “Maxi” Maxwell and Troy Quinlan star in the Australian Channel 10 TV series, shown in the UK on CBS Reality, which follows them as they go about their daily business patrolling Australia’s most famous beach.

They are visiting North Devon during the Atlantic Watersports Games and relished the opportunity to catch up with their opposites on the far side of the world.

“It’s interesting for them and us to compare conditions and the beach set up,” said Vaughan Lawson, RNLI lifeguard manager for North Devon.

“I think the Bondi guys appreciate the volume of people the RNLI lifeguards are looking after on Croyde and especially the tidal differences.”

Warm weather and the school holidays have given North Devon’s lifeguards a very busy start to their main season, including 56 rescues in one day at Croyde on Monday.

Other incidents have included dislocated shoulders, surf injuries and a 15-year-old girl with a suspected spinal injury which required the Seaking helicopter from RMB Chivenor to airlift the casualty to hospital.

Bondi Rescue Lifeguard Andrew Reid was impressed by the charity’s lifeguard service on Croyde.

“We were totally amazed they had done 56 rescues on Monday, it would be very rare for us to do anything like that during the summer,” he said.

“The set up is pretty similar, but we don’t have the tides like this so the RNLI lifeguards are doing more running than we would, it would be interesting to see how that played out and having a helicopter landing on the beach sounds pretty crazy!”

Troy said meeting the RNLI lifeguards was an interesting part of their European tour:

“The service and types of rescues the RNLI lifeguards are dealing with are the same as we do on Bondi,” he said.

“We’ve also been to Sweden and Spain and met lifeguards working on the beaches there. Although there are differences, overall it works the same and we’re all doing the same job.”

The Australian lifeguards are in North Devon until (today) Thursday, getting involved in various aspects of the Atlantic Watersports Games and community events.