Lifeguard sentenced for driving over tourists on Surfers beach

UPDATE: 24-year-old Gold Coast lifeguard Luke Bartlett has been sentenced to 180 hours of unpaid community service for unintentionally driving over two tourists on Surfers Paradise beach last year.

The young and experienced lifeguard has also had his license suspended for six months.

EARLIER: A GOLD Coast lifeguard who drove over two tourists on Surfers Paradise beach last year will be sentenced today.


Englishman Dominic Francisco, 26, and Canadian Saba Akbarishandiz, 28, were lying on the sand in the afternoon sun when they were run over by a Gold Coast Lifeguard Service vehicle on December 23, 2013.

Luke Bartlett, 24, has pleaded guilty to dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and is expected to be sentenced this afternoon.

The court today heard Bartlett did not see the sunbathing tourists as he was focused on getting to a collapsed swimmer.

Mr Bartlett’s solicitor told the Southport court he’s client was left in shock after the incident and had undergone counselling.

Gold Coast Bulletin reporter Leah Fineran said the court also heard the accident ended Ms Akbarishandiz’s dancing career.

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RUN DOWN: The scene of the accident on Surfers Paradise beach on Monday afternoon, December 23, 2013. IMAGES: