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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.”

Pic­ture: ALF SUM­MERS

Joel Slabb ed­u­cates a group of chil­dren through the Ju­raki pro­gram.

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