LUCKY ESCAPE: Two of the rescuees come ashore at Elliott Heads. Photo: Eliza Goetze / NewsMail
LUCKY ESCAPE: Two of the rescuees come ashore at Elliott Heads. Photo: Eliza Goetze / NewsMail Eliza Goetze

WATCH: Beachgoer talks about Elliott Heads rescue

LIFESAVERS are warning the public to beware of tides and to be aware of their own limitations after four beachgoers had to be rescued from an island off the mouth of the Elliott River tonight.

The group from Hong Kong got more excitement than they bargained for from their Australian working holiday when, after enjoying a walk along the beach, they found the mouth of the river was too wide for them to cross back over.

Police were alerted around 5.15pm and a local fishing family and a lifesaver on a jetski rescued them in pairs as darkness fell.

 

One of the group, 30-year-old Derek Tam, said the ordeal was "a nerve-wracking experience".

"We tried to get across but the current was way too strong," he said.

"We will carefully track the tides next time."

Surf Life Saving Queensland lifesaving development officer Jamie Findlay said the outcome "could have been a lot worse".


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