Mate shocked by disgraceful act
FRIENDS of the late Lloyd Meyers, who died after saving two boys from the surf at Park Beach, have been devastated by a despicable act of vandalism.
A memorial honouring Mr Meyers’ memory on a track behind the Hoey Moey has been defaced.
Low life vandals have gone to great lengths to rip a brass plaque off the structure, which has stood untouched for 15 years as a warning to beachgoers.
Close mate Neil Chittick, who helped build the memorial, was heartbroken inspecting the damage yesterday.
“I’m disappointed beyond words how someone could be so callous to do such a disgraceful act. It’s disrespecting a good man who saved many lives on this beach,” Mr Chittick said.
“Why anyone would do such a thing is beyond me, it looks like it may have premeditated too, I reckon they must have used a chisel or a screwdriver.”
It is not known whether the culprits have discarded the plaque or kept it.
“It’s also outraged the old boys at the surf life saving club. We need to replace the plaque. I’ve looked around in the hope it may have been thrown into the bushes, without any luck,” he said.
Mr Meyers died of a heart attack after pulling two boys, aged 10 and 11, from a rip directly in front of the memorial.
The missing plaque read: ‘Warning “Good place to fish, bad place to Swim” - Lloyd Meyers. This memorial honours the memory of Lloyd Cecil Meyers.
Died 8-8-1995. Age 71. Whilst rescuing two boys. Lloyd gave dedicated service to lifesaving. He saved many lives in this dangerous area. Erected by his mates’.