The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - NEWS - By Deb­bie Schipp

BONDI Res­cue this sea­son bids good­bye to a beach stal­wart: 65-year-old Harry Nightin­gale.

On-screen, Nightin­gale (be­low) will be farewelled in the sea­son fi­nale, but he ac­tu­ally hung up the togs and towel “May 21 at 7pm”, af­ter 15 years pa­trolling.

A late-bloomer as a life­guard, he started work at Bondi in his late 40s.

And when Bondi Res­cue came along, he was a re­luc­tant star.

“I was scep­ti­cal,” he says. “I thought it would be a to­tal dis­trac­tion and com­pro­mise our per­for­mance. I still can’t be­lieve I did take it on – and suc­cess­fully.”

In 15 years, Nightin­gale says he’s done “a cou­ple” of res­cues – “I don’t re­ally add ’em up,” he says.

“The ones that re­ally stick with me are the ones in­volv­ing chil­dren.

“On my re­tire­ment, the boys gave me a tro­phy in the shape of a mega­phone. The in­scrip­tion cred­ited me with more than 2000 res­cues and the re­spect of my fel­low life­guards.

“But you know, that’s what we do.

“It’s in my genes, my Dad, Harry Sr, was a beach in­spec­tor and SLSA (Surf Life Sav­ing Aus­tralia) Hall Of Fame. He’s the real leg­end.”

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