CALOUNDRA lifesaver Colton Pleass never expected to rescue his mother, father and grandfather all in one go!
Mr Pleass, 19, had been patrolling all afternoon and late that afternoon had just been telling his mum and dad, Kate and Warwick Pleass, how busy it was at the beach.
At 4.30pm, his patrol captain, Nathan Steer, gave the alert that three more people needed rescuing.
When Mr Pleass, who was in an IRB, was nearing the group, he realised it was his own family.
“It was a bit of shock,” he said.
His family members had all been competitive swimmers in their time, but the hectic conditions, including strong rips and sweeps, proved that anyone could get into trouble in the ocean.
“They were swimming together and my grandad, Kevin, was a bit puffed and got into a bit of trouble,”
Mr Pleass said. “They were pretty embarrassed to be rescued, but they were just fine.”