What a way to welcome 2023! Wild moment lifeguard drags woman still in her New Year’s Eve dress and sneakers out of a rip after she went for a midnight swim
- Gold Coast lifeguard had to pluck a young reveller from a rip after midnight
- The woman ventured into the surf in party dress and sneakers and struggled
- Thousands of Aussies flocked to Surfer’s Paradise to welcome in the New Year
A young woman had to be rescued from a rip by lifeguards in dramatic scenes after she went for an ill-advised ocean swim to welcome in 2023 at Surfer’s Paradise.
The woman, still wearing her black party dress and sneakers, ventured into the Gold Coast surf amid New Year’s Eve celebrations and began to struggle after getting caught in a rip.
Lucky for her, lifeguards were on duty and spotted her in distress with one paddling out to pluck her from the swirling currents.
The woman, still wearing her black party dress and sneakers, ventured into the Gold Coast surf soon amid New Year’s Eve celebrations and had to be saved from a rip
Remarkable images showed the lifeguard bringing the exhausted and embarrassed swimmer back to shore on a rescue board
Remarkable images showed the lifeguard bringing the exhausted and embarrassed swimmer back to shore on a rescue board.
Surf rescue crews and one of the woman’s friends shone spotlights on the water to help the rescue operation.
Back in shallow water, the lifeguard steadied the exhausted woman and, after making sure she was alright, let her head off to continue her New Year’s celebrations.
She showed her relief and appreciation by enthusiastically hugging the beefy Gold Coast lifeguard
A reveller who decided to go for an ocean swim in her party dress and sneakers was lucky to be rescued by Gold Coast lifeguards
She then showed her relief and appreciation by enthusiastically hugging the beefy lifeguard.
Striding back up the beach, she smiled broadly at her mates after the misadventure.
Thousands of people flocked to Surfer’s Paradise and Broadbeach on the Gold Coast, with many of them partying on the famous beaches and adjacent parks.
Live music, DJs and food trucks kept the packed crowds entertained before the midnight countdown.
Family-friendly events were held during the day, followed by midnight fireworks displays at Broadbeach, Coolangatta and Surfers Paradise.
Daily Mail Australia has reached out to Surfers Paradise Surf Lifesaving Club for comment.