FOUR North Stradbroke Island lifeguards and lifesavers have been recognised for their hard work and dedication at Surf Life Saving Queensland's Awards of Excellence Gala Ball.
The ball - held in Brisbane on Saturday - celebrated the hard work and passion of Queenslanders who have gone above and beyond to protect beachgoers.
Point Lookout Surf Life Saving Club members and local lifeguards received Lifesaving Excellence Awards.
Lifeguard MJ Bates was honoured for the rescue of two people in bad conditions at South Gorge last year.
On September 2, Mr Bates - with Brook Gregory, a member of the public who also received a Lifesaving Excellence Award - rescued and resuscitated one person and rescued another at South Gorge.
Lifeguard Logan Specht and volunteers Alex Langenberg and Anna Prasek received awards for their rescue and resuscitation efforts on a man at Point Lookout on New Year's Day.
Mr Specht was alerted by a member of the public that someone was in danger off Frenchman's Beach. After alerting Point Lookout surf lifesavers, he grabbed the rescue board from his vehicle and ran down Frenchman's Beach cliff face before paddling out to the man who was floating face down, unconscious.
With the support of Mr Langenberg and Ms Prasek in an inflatable rescue boat, the man was brought to shore and CPR was performed.
Both Frenchman's Beach and South Gorge are unpatrolled.
Point Lookout Surf Life Saving Club congratulated the award winners on Facebook and reminded bathers to always swim between the flags.
SLSQ chief executive Dave Whimpey said the recognition was well-deserved.
"On behalf of SLSQ, I extend my congratulations to the evening's winners. We rely heavily upon the efforts and enthusiasm of our members to help keep our beaches safe," Mr Whimpey said.
"While all surf lifesavers and lifeguards across Queensland do a fantastic job, both on the beach and out in the community, it's important that we recognise and pay tribute to those that go well above and beyond the call of duty."