Teen rescues tourists from almost drowning at Coast beach
A tourist couple are counting their lucky stars after a teen surfer became their knight in a shining wetsuit when he rescued them from drowning at a Coast beach at the weekend.
But the Noosa local shrugged off his heroics, claiming it was just "luck" that he was in the right place at the right time.
Nineteen-year-old surfer Josh Van Roon was surfing at The Groin in Noosa on Sunday when he heard screams in the distance.
"I thought it was just kids playing on the beach," he said.
Moments later he realised it was a desperate couple who had become caught in a rip and were only seconds away from drowning.
"The girl was in pretty bad shape," Mr Van Roon said.
"She had swallowed water and she was struggling."
The young surfer made a beeline for the couple and was able hoist the fatigued tourists onto his surfboard and paddle them to safety.
Between desperate gasps for air, the European couple thanked the quick-thinking surfer for his heroic actions.
But for the humble teenager, who after returning the couple to the shore paddled back out to continue his surf, he said he was no hero.
"It was just luck that I was there, anyone would have done what I did," he said.
"I was just happy to help."
After five years riding waves, this was the second time Mr Van Roon had assisted someone in trouble swimming outside the flags.
He recalled rescuing a girl who was dangerously close to drowning at the Groin Wall, north of Noosa Surf Club two years ago.
"The girl was drowning, she was actually under the water," he said.
"She was going under, she was in a lot worse shape than these guys."
This comes after the tragic news a 31-year-old Toowoomba mother drowned at Coolum Beach's unpatrolled First Bay on Monday morning.