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Life Guards at Bondi Beach (c.1929)

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Rescue demonstration

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Clip description

A team of lifeguards on Bondi Beach enact a rescue demonstration to save someone caught in the surf. A lifeguard, with a safety line strapped to his body, runs into the surf while those ashore cable the line out to him. Once he’s approached the swimmer in distress, he signals ashore and the team pull the line in. The lifeguards carry the person ashore and place him stomach down on the sand and turn his head to the side. A lifeguard then presses down on the person’s back to revive him.

Curator’s notes

This clip uses editing to cover the enacted rescue operation from different perspectives and angles. It also demonstrates the crucial work of surf lifesavers – one especially valuable given Australia’s obsession with beach culture.

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