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noun (plural beltmen)Australian /NZ
The member of a surf life-saving team who swims out, wearing a belt with a line attached for safety, to give assistance to bathers or surfers in difficulties.
- On a pistol start the beltman jumps into the belt while the linesmen and reelman sprint to their positions feeding line out for the beltman who is racing to swim to the buoys.
- Eventually after three hours four beltmen had reached us and the rescue was completed.
- As beltman, he swam out to rescue the 'patient'.
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