In Bondi Rescue the audience see the action through the eyes of real characters like Reidy, Corey, Whippet, Deano and Hoppo who deal with anything from shark scares to mass rescues, resuscitations, lost children, thieves and perverts. Their larrikin (irreverent) humour while saving lives has charmed beachgoers and viewers alike.
Mario Marfella is Bondi’s first Italian lifeguard and he is making his presence known. Originally a coffee machine technician from Rome, Mario moved to Australia eight years ago and has spent the past four years trying to get one of the much sought-after lifeguard positions on Bondi Beach.
After attending the Waverley Lifeguard Academy in 2009, Mario worked as a lifeguard on the NSW Central Coast and Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, before finally landing his dream job in Bondi. In just a few weeks, Mario has impressed big boss Hoppo and been made a full-time lifeguard.
As Mario settles into life on Bondi Beach, the joker’s Italian heritage is always apparent. He was once even spotted ordering a pizza to the lifeguard tower. But one concern remains: will beachgoers understand him on the megaphone?
Mario Marfella Photos
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