SURF BATHING FATALITY AVERTED. * . CONSTABLE McROBERTS'S PLUCKY CONDUCT. That the life-saving reel on the Greymouth beach and the Surfbathing Cltfb are something more than a name, was amply demonstrated by an incident which occurred on the ocean beach yesterday afternoon. . A fairly large immbei* of bathers, were enjoying the delights of surfing to the full when one of the number got rather too far to the south, and being caught by a strong seaward /current, was quickly drawn into the rough breakers and a catastrophe seemed imminent. A number of bathers, seeing the .extreme danger of the situation* dashed up the beach for the lifesaving reel and ran it down into the water. Fortunately a courageous and capable surfer in the person of Constable Mcßoberts immediately volunteered for the dangerous duty of belt man, and, getting into the belt in a few seconds plunged into the seething breakers and buffeted his way to the rescue. # His progress was anxiously watehed*by the linesmen and onlookers, as it was evident that in such- a swirling mass of water no" body could last very . long, though he be never so good a swimmer. A .sigh of relief went up when' it was seen that the constable had secured a firm hold of the one in distress. The rope was slowly wound in and both rescuer and rescued were v safely brought to land. Those who saw the whole affair give unstinted praise to the couragous action of : Constable McRoberts, as all present were agreed that it was due^ to the prompt and brave way in which he .faced a very awkward and dangerous situation that alone averted a. tragical ending- to the adventure. It is hoped that the Constable's brave conduct will' be brought under the notice of the proper authorities. ■> ■
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