GALLERY: All in a day's work for Austi lifeguard

It only takes seconds to get into trouble in the surf but ever-vigilant professional lifeguards and volunteer lifesavers regularly avert tragedy.

Photographer Kirk Gilmour captured just one of those instances when Austinmer lifeguard Dillon Ruiz leapt into the water with his rescue board and brought a young boy back to the beach after he got caught in a rip on Monday morning.

The rescue was over in little more than a minute, with hardly anyone noticing, but it is a scene repeated countless times across our region as lifeguards and lifesavers put their lives on the line to keep our swimmers safe during the busy summer holidays.

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