Surf’s Up! OLN Rides the Wave When Surf Patrol Premieres January 15
While Canadians are digging out of the snow, Australians are basking in the summer surf and sun. Premiering Tues., Jan. 15 at 9:30 p.m. ET/10:30 p.m. PT on OLN, Surf Patrol follows lifeguards as they patrol Australia’s beaches and coastline, ready to protect and rescue people from harm in the ocean waters. Each episode of the 13-part series profiles the men and women who devote themselves to saving lives on the Australian coastline. From Bondi to Broome, join the life guards as they perform daring rescues, patrol for sharks and help hapless overseas visitors and locals alike handle the perils and pleasures of the surf. From local Australian school kids training to make the grade to aspiring life guards from abroad, find out if these lifesavers have what it takes to become Aussie beach legends.
Highlights from the first episodes include:
Surf Patrol: Episode 1
Tues., Jan. 15 at 9:30 p.m. ET/10:30 p.m. PT
On Surfers Paradise beach in Queensland, Australia, watch as lifesavers are put to the test when a flash rip current wreaks havoc on the beach. With life guards attempting to rescue many people at once, a young boogie boarder steps in to help two young girls, only to disappear himself. Can the lifesavers rescue the boarder and the girls who go missing, along with the others caught in the large surprising waves? Then, in Sydney, the Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter is called to help a boat which has lost steering in rough conditions. With no radio onboard the boat, the only way to communicate is using a mobile phone, which keeps losing its connection. To make matters worse, fog at sea level causes poor visibility, creating an even bigger challenge to determine the exact location of the stranded vessel. Can the guards overcome the rough conditions to rescue the marooned sailors?
Surf Patrol: Episode 2
Tues., Jan. 22 at 9:30 p.m. ET/10:30 p.m. PT
When an 18-year-old boy is presumed to have drowned, additional life savers are called to Gold Coast beach where a wide-scale search is underway. Despite the poor conditions, jet boats, jet skis, inflatable rescue boats (IRB) and the lifesaver helicopter are all dispatched to help find the missing boy. When the team in the IRB flips while trying to avoid a collision with a jet ski during the search, one of the lifesavers is carried motionless from the water. Watch as distressed colleagues rush to help him during the search mission. Meanwhile, in Sydney, lifesavers at Newport Beach are preparing for their annual two kilometre ocean swim. With 400 competitors in the race, extra lifesavers have been put on duty to help out. But when a warm north easterly wind comes through a mass of marine stingers are blown into the area where the competitors are swimming. Watch as lifesavers try and help their own as some competitors sustain life-threatening stings.
Surf Patrol: Episode 3
Tues., Jan. 29 at 9:30 p.m. ET/10:30 p.m. PT
The IRB is considered to be the lifesavers’ most valuable tool. At Gunnamatta beach, the inflatable rescue boat is having mechanical problems but with large crowds out in the water, the lifesavers have no choice but to use it anyway. When the IRB flips over, one of the life guards goes missing. Will the crew be able to recover one of their own before it’s too late? Meanwhile, on the Gold Coast, lifesavers deal with a medical emergency when a young woman is severely injured in a rip wave.
Surf Patrol: Episode 4
Tues., Feb. 5 at 9:30 p.m. ET/10:30 p.m. PT
Big surf at Gunnamatta beach is keeping the lifesavers busy rescuing swimmers caught in the rips. Watch as the lifesavers work to help a young teenager who loses her boogie board and is hanging on to the board of another surfer, putting both of them at risk. Then, on the Gold Coast, two young boys stung during nippers training – a form of fitness and life saving skills development – quickly develop a dangerous allergic reaction to the stings. Witness lifeguards race against time to get them medical help.