VETERAN WAVES FAREWELL TO BONDI
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.”