GIVE GENEROUSLY: David McLean from Marcoola Surf Life Saving Club is helping to raise money in this year's Surf Safe Appeal.
GIVE GENEROUSLY: David McLean from Marcoola Surf Life Saving Club is helping to raise money in this year's Surf Safe Appeal. Patrick Woods

Brave Dave finds saving lives appealing

DAVID McLean has stared death in the face more times than he can remember.

In his 40-plus years with the Marcoola Surf Life Saving Club, the 55-year-old father-of-two reckons he's probably saved the lives of 30 beach-goers.

While every rescue is memorable, it's the lives he couldn't save that will haunt Mr McLean for the rest of his days.

Mr McLean has attended 15 drownings including one in 1996 that claimed the lives of two women.

"It was a very pleasant day and a man and a woman had gone for a swim south of the surf club,” Mr McLean recalled.

"An elderly woman was walking along the beach with her husband.

"She saw the people in trouble and she went out.”

Mr McLean said the courageous stranger drowned as did the woman she was trying to save.

The male swimmer survived thanks to quick action when his body was returned to shore.

"It was like a war zone to tell you the truth,” Mr McLean said.

"It was a pretty tragic day.”

Last year, Mr McLean and his Sunshine Coast lifesaving colleagues rescued 796 people across the region's beaches and waterways.

They also completed 34,374 preventative actions to keep swimmers safe and performed 1943 first aid treatments.

Keeping beach-goers safe costs money, which is why dedicated surf lifesavers like Mr McLean will be collecting money during the Queensland-wide Surf Safe Appeal from Monday, October 24 to Sunday, October 30.

Mr McLean said he hoped his club would collect more than $3000 over the seven days.

"We'll being doing door knocks around the local area and we'll be at local shopping centres,” Mr McLean said.

All money raised will help the club with its lifesaving work.

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