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straight over and moved them on.
“We’re just looking for different solutions to an issue we’ve now been facing for a couple of years.”
One of those concepts will soon appear on Fingal headland after NSW Government officials finally signed off on paperwork to install lifebuoys at the site.
The seal of approval came the same day the Gold Coast Bulletin this week revealed the family of Ryan Martin, who died a hero saving a sevenyear-old girl at Dreamtime Beach in 2016, was so frustrated by delays installing the flotation devices they were willing to pay for them themselves.
Yesterday also saw Juraki and the Fingal community explore another option when a drone company visited the beach to showcase how its technology can drop inflatable buoys to swimmers who find themselves in trouble.
“What’s inspiring about Juraki is they just really care,” said Kirra filmmaker Jason Markland, who featured the proactive approach of the group in his Rip Current Heroes documentary now screening on National Geographic.
“This is hard work for them ... but they know in a small community like theirs, they have to take responsibility because there isn’t a quick fix coming.
Markland then added the most sobering of words.
“They’re so committed but sadly every time they think they can take their foot off the throttle, there’s another tragedy or near-miss.”
Joel Slabb educates a group of children through the Juraki program.