VENUS Bay’s notorious Number 5 beach almost claimed another victim on Christmas Day.
Yet swimmers there continue to flirt with danger and pay the consequences, with two near misses already this summer.
On Christmas Day, a couple of swimmers found themselves in a terrifying rip at the beach.
Luckily for the swimmers in trouble, off duty lifesavers from the Venus Bay Surf Lifesaving Club responded to a call for help, arriving in time to save the day.
The swimmers were conscious but transferred to hospital by ambulance.
A similar incident occurred on Boxing Day at Number Five beach, when a swimmer was caught in a rip and rescued by lifesavers on duty at the Number 1 beach.
The lifesavers arrived in time to administer first aid and an ambulance transferred the swimmer to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
A number of regular rescues also occurred at Venus Bay during the week.
The Number One beach will be patrolled from December 26 to January 26, then lifesavers will patrol the beach every weekend until Easter, including public holidays.
Inverloch Surf Lifesaving Club’s Peter Harrison reported no major incidents at the popular surf beach.
Some preventative actions have been undertaken by lifesavers, but overall swimmers have obeyed instructions.
The new location of the patrol tower had been well received, while the new pathway to the beach has proved to be an easier option for people and lifesavers to access the beach.
The club is buzzing after raising $5000 during a tin rattle in the Inverloch main street on New Year’s Eve and Peter thanked Inverloch’s patrollers and families for their hard work.
“We’re very grateful for all of the local community and visitors who donated,” he said.
“Thanks to LJ Hooker Inverloch, who gave us a base to work from at their office.”
There was only one negative from the New Year’s period, with piles of rubbish left on the Inverloch beach by revellers, including dangerous glass bottles.