Sad farewell for former Gold Coast Lifeguard ‘Milly’

Milton Brunton was a well-known Gold Coast identity for many years.  He stood and worked as a professional Lifeguard on Gold Coast beaches for many years.

He adopted the sport of jet skiing and perfected the use of the rescue board to help bring swimmers back to shore when they got into strife.

Milton, affectionately known as Milly, even travelled to Sydney’s Bondi Beach more than once to show the boys down there (yes the ones on TV reality show Bondi Rescue) how best to use the rescue boards.


Milly was also also radio station 102.9 Hot Tomato’s Surf Reporter for many years before he was struck down by a brain tumour, shortly after retiring.

He had three lots of major surgery then in 2012 he decided to help out the Gold Coast hospital by riding his jet ski from Sydney to Surfers Paradise.

But sadly he passed away in November.  Milly’s ashes will be scattered on New Year’s Eve.

The Jet Ski Club’s organised for a group of jet skiers to leave from the Paradise Point Boat ramp at 9.45am.  They will make their way to Milton House on Russell Island.

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Once there, they will head out on their skis and the ceremony will begin.

Everyone is welcome to join the ride from any point that suits.

Jet skiers taking part in the ride for Milly.  Image supplied

Jet skiers taking part in the ride for Milly. Image supplied

After learning of Milly’s death the Jet Ski Club had the following to say “without you the sport of jet skiing in Australia, and the respect toward jet skis for rescue use would not be where it is”.

“After saving so many lives, you have lost yours, but you will never be forgotten.

“Enjoy the massive surf that’s up there waiting for you legend and thank you so much for all the work you did for the Community throughout your too short, but unforgettable, life.