North Stradbroke Island lifeguards recognised for rescue at Frenchman's Beach on New Year's Day

REDLANDS lifeguards were recognised with a Surf Life Saving Australia National Rescue of the Month award at a ceremony in Canberra on Monday.

PRAISE: Logan Specht and Andrew Lamming MP with the lifeguard's rescue of the month award.

PRAISE: Logan Specht and Andrew Lamming MP with the lifeguard's rescue of the month award.

The awards celebrated the incredible and courageous beach rescues that took place around Australia during the first six months of this year.

North Strabroke Island lifeguards Logan Specht, Alexander Langenberg and Anna Prasek - who received lifesaving excellence awards last month - received an award for the rescue of a person at Frenchman's Beach 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 nearby South Gorge are unpatrolled.

Surf Life Saving Australia president Graham Ford said the recognition was well deserved.

"The members who we honour here today used their training and skills gained as surf lifesavers to ensure that more than 50 people were able to return home safely to their loved ones," he said.

"The iconic red and yellow flags of surf life saving, and the surf lifesavers that vigilantly patrol our beaches, are part of a movement dedicated to saving lives just like these brave individuals who have been honoured with awards."

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