Mr. Laurie, a 60 year old former rugby player and coach encountered a freaque wave as "he swam in front of the Currumbin Beach Vikings surf club before Christmas" and "lost part of his scalp", that was frightening! In his own words:
"It was a blindside tackle, I never saw it coming,"and
"My scalp had fallen off on the righthand side and I was bleeding from top to toe. It wasn't a pretty sight," he said. "As they (waves) came I had to do my best to cushion the blow and just keep my head away. There nothing I could do except cop the punishment."Luckily he was rescued by young club members and a patrol captain. According to the report Mr. Freier lost about three buckets of blood but staying conscious and pulled through. Here's Mr. Freier and his rescuers:
Not everyone can be as healthy and strong as Mr. Freier. But his survivor story should always be encouraging!