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Act of bravery by off-duty lifeguard saves three people on Far South Coast

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An off-duty lifeguard and member of the Tathra Surf Life Saving Club, has saved three people caught in a rip on the Far South Coast. Above right: Short Point at Merimbula. 

Another tale of bravery by our surf life savers this morning 

A 20 year old off-duty Bega Valley Shire lifeguard and member of the Tathra Surf Life Saving Club, has single-handedly saved three people, including a teenager and a boy about eight, caught in a rip off Short Point at Merimbula. 

The young man, who does not wish to be named, but whose first name begins with I, was coming out of the ocean after surfing last Thursday, when he was told by his girlfriend he had to go back into the water to save three people in trouble. 

Without hesitation he dived off the rocks at Short Point and swam out to the three, who were all clinging to a body board, about one hundred metres from shore, 

He swam them out of the rip and pulled them into the beach. He says there was a woman, a younger boy about eight, and an older boy - who'd swum out to help the first two - but who had then gotten into trouble himself. 

He says they were not from the area, and says they were in shock but ok.