The episode started off in a usual manner, following the lifeguards as they started their day.
When a man is thought to have been seen struggling and go under, a manic rush occured to save the man. However, time progressed and he could not be found, hence, the lifeguards thinking the man had found safety.
However, when a boy tells a lifeguard his father had been missing for 2 hours - it is obvious that the man had not found safety at all, and the search for him turns grim as too much time had passed.
The Mongolian immigrant had died in the surf - the first one in four years.
The episode makes on really think on how dedicated these lifeguards really are - even when they're acting like total tools and having fun.
The conclusion was heartbreaking - with the deceased's family being forced to move back to Mongolia. However, the fact that the lifeguards attended the man's funeral had me giving my respect to these guys - and the fact that they started a trust fund to help the family return to Australia made them seem so admirable in my eyes.
January 20, 2007 is one day the Lifeguards at Sydney's Bondi Beach are unlikely to forget. One of the Lifeguards thought he had spotted a swimmer in trouble. In the two seconds he took his eyes away to call for a Jetski to help in the rescue, the swimmer was gone. What follows is surely going to be on the boys minds for a long time to come. A 45 minute land and sea search failed to come up with any signs of the swimmer sighted as having trouble and the search was called off with no leads to go on. Until the boys were packing up for the day an hour and a half later...
R.I.P. Yondon Dungu Donations can be made to a trust fund in his name.
Please see the Bondi Rescue website for further details.
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