The surf can be more dangerous than people expect. In the past three years, three people have drowned at Fairy Meadow Beach, Wollongong. 21-year-old George Matchett was one of them. The 23rd of March 2012, marks one year to the day, and two of his closest friends revisit their pain.

Music: Anthea Jirgens- “Smiling Saves Lives” in memory of George Matchett

Story: Alice Matthews

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