Saviours of the surf

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In all my 67 years I have never writ­ten to re­spond to an ar­ti­cle but the qual­i­ties of such a gen­uine and gen­er­ous man as Dick Smith have in­spired me to do so. Not ev­ery­one will agree with his pol­icy on lim­it­ing im­mi­gra­tion and at this time in Aus­tralia nei­ther do I. How­ever it’s com­mon sense to re­alise that any fur­ther pop­u­la­tion growth on our planet is not sus­tain­able or even de­sir­able if we want a good qual­ity of life for all, not just some of us. stands for, es­pe­cially a re­duc­tion in pop­u­la­tion growth and greater shar­ing of peo­ple’s wealth through taxes and other means. Your story of Bernie Good­win’s hero­ics and the brave res­cues by three surf­board rid­ers (“Fa­tal shore”, May 12-13) brought back mem­o­ries of my own res­cue from the surf at Alexan­dria Bay, a well­known nud­ist spot in the Noosa Na­tional Park. In 1997, aged 20, I hiked to the park to camp and swim with a school friend. I was car­ried out to the first break in a rip where I quickly lost strength and pan­icked. My friend self­lessly swam out to help, fol­lowed by two nude surfers. My friend and the surfers saved my life. I hope the board rid­ers read this and know I am still grate­ful for their ef­forts. I still body­surf, but be­tween the flags. Christo­pher Still North­bridge, NSW to it. When­ever there was a fight it was over in 30 sec­onds and ev­ery­one had a laugh, no king hits and no one got kicked. The older guy to the right of the photo with the long socks down may have been the lo­cal cab­bie. If he took you to the pub he’d come in and have a cou­ple as well. Daren Ed­wards Montville Qld Yvonne Wil­son Red­land Bay, Qld

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