Several weeks ago at Caves Beach SLSC’s fundraising BBQ at Swansea Woolworths, an elderly lady approached the stall.
Troy Grieves asked her if she would like to purchase a sausage sandwich.
“Not today,” she said. “But what surf club are you from?”
“Caves Beach,” replied Troy.
“Then I would like to donate $20 to your club.”
Troy said that was great of her, and thanked her for her support. He was amazed by what she told him next.
The lady explained that she lived in Maitland in February 1955, when the area was hit by a weeklong flood that went down in history as one of Australia’s most devastating natural disasters. Twenty-five people lost their lives, 58 homes were swept away by the floodwaters, and in Maitland alone, 2180 homes were invaded by water. Thirty-five thousand people were evacuated. The flooding covered an area twice the size of Tasmania.
During that hellish week, some of the boys from Caves Beach SLSC travelled up to Maitland with a surf boat to do what they could to help.
The boat crew from Caves rescued this very lady from the roof of her two-storey home — saving her life, and that of her unborn baby, who was delivered soon after in a safe location.
“I will never forget those boys from Caves Beach who rescued me and my unborn child.”