Woman Wades Into Ocean to Save Beer Kegs Swept Away by Storm

A woman is seen wading into the ocean to rescue two errant beer kegs which were swept away by storms, in a viral video.

The woman dodged ocean debris and sea foam to save the floating barrels which were carried away in flooding at the Currumbin Beach surf club in Queensland, Australia.

Arriving back with the kegs in hand, the club staff member appeared pleased to be safely back on shore.

"There's nothing like the ocean ... it's pretty spectacular," she told 7News.

It's been a day of wet and wild weather across the Coast. Our beaches have been covered in a deep carpet of foam as surging seas stripped away sand dunes. https://t.co/tIEQ9K5sus @Carly_Madsen #7NEWS pic.twitter.com/lJIikCFEoM

— 7NEWS Gold Coast (@7NewsGoldCoast) December 14, 2020

The woman's ocean dash was met with a mixed response.

"Love that woman saving beer kegs. Awesome effort, you are one of a kind," one man said in response to the now-viral video.

"Got to save the kegs," another added.

Others were less than impressed, calling those who opted to go near the water "morons" for ignoring the dangerous conditions.

Beaches all along Australia's Queensland coast have been battered by strong storms and flooding as wind gusts whipped the ocean into thick foam.

The Currumbin Beach Vikings Surf Life Saving Club was just one of many coastal landmarks to become inundated by high seas after four days of heavy rain.

In photos uploaded online, the popular surfing institution was seen entirely separated by sea water from the mainland on Monday.

My local surf club has a moat again #Currumbin pic.twitter.com/81TOow16Pj

— NellyM 🇦🇺🇳🇿⭐️⭐️⭐️ (@QLD_TruthSeeker) December 15, 2020

"I've been down here every year for the last 20 years and this is the first time I've seen it like this," one local woman said.

The high tide covered the surf club parking lot, with one woman tweeting "my local surf club has become a moat again."

Wind gusts of 50 miles an hour and waves peaking at 36 feet in height off shore were recorded earlier in the week. Meanwhile, the shoreline was battered by 26-feet-tall waves as large chunks of the foreshore fell into the sea.

7NEWS weatherman @paulburt07 today reported on the search for dog lost in a sea of foam. #7NEWS https://t.co/19qpLa7j3Z

— 7NEWS Gold Coast (@7NewsGoldCoast) December 14, 2020

The low-pressure system off the southeast Queensland coast brought cyclone-like conditions with emergency services across the state inundated with hundreds of calls for help.

Four people needed to be rescued, including a woman who was swept away when she tried to leave her car after getting caught in floodwaters.

Locals and tourists filmed the sight, with photos revealing beaches thick with walls of sea foam likened to "bubble baths".

A severe weather warning for heavy rain, damaging winds, abnormally high tides and hazardous surf remains in place in Queensland's southeast as many beaches remain closed.

Newsweek has contacted the Currumbin Beach Vikings Surf Life Saving Club for comment.

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File photo: Large surf batters Australia's coastline at the South Curl Curl Beach rockpool in Sydney on July 16, 2020. A woman has dodged ocean debris and sea foam to save floating beer kegs caught up in flooding in Queensland. David Gray/Getty