It doesn’t take long for them to find clothes on Surfers Paradise beach.
“And we could see his head maybe 150 metres off shore right in the middle of a rip and he was struggling,” says Anderson.
Swimmer Liam Mammo is helped to shore not realising the danger.
“Yeah it felt like it was getting a little bit hectic. So these guys, I saw them coming along and I thought I must be in trouble. I honestly didn’t realise,” says Mammo.
“Just an effective result for a situation that could be potentially hazardous,” says Peter.
The volunteer lifesavers patrol a 16-kilometre stretch from Miami beach to the Southport Spit.
They provide coverage until the professional lifeguards clock on.
For Peter the dawn patrol is never a chore.
“I enjoy being out there. I love it in the mornings,” he says.
His colleague says the 80-year-old is an inspiration.
“I look at him sometimes and you’ve got to actually shake yourself and say hang on here’s this guy 80 and he’s still out here of a morning, he still rides jet-skis, he still does a kilometre swim and them he’ll go to gym,” says Grahame Long.
Away from the beach Peter’s other great passion is his wife Persis.
Married for 33 years they say his most recent birthday was just like any other.
“Having just turned 80 I don’t feel any different than I did when I was 40 so it hasn’t made any changes at all. Perhaps it’s slowed me down slightly but generally I just treat every day the same and it’s just a number,” says Anderson.
“He doesn’t feel 80, he doesn’t look 80, he doesn’t behave 80,” says Persis Anderson.
Proof age is no barrier to a life of service and pre-dawn starts.