Extraordinary rescues by surf lifesavers and lifeguards recognised at Parliament House today
Canberra, 8th February 2018 – Surf lifesavers and lifeguards from across the country were officially recognised for their outstanding service at Parliament House today with four National Rescue of the Month awards for July/August, September, October & November 2017 respectively.
The awards were presented with a host of key Federal Members including surf lifesavers and lifeguards attending the ceremony.
Surf Life Saving Australia’s President Graham Ford AM, presented the awards with local members of parliament including: the Hon Michael Kennan MP, Member for Stirling; the Hon Keith Pitt MP, member for Hinkler; the Hon Sharon Bird MP, Member for Cunnigham; and the Hon Llew O’Brien MP, Member for Wide Bay,
“Surf Life Saving Australia’s National Rescue of the Month recognises incredible and courageous acts of service in saving lives.” Mr Ford AM said.
“The members who we honour here today used their training and skills gained as surf lifesavers to ensure that five people were able to return home to their loved ones”
Seven lifesavers from Trigg Island SLSC in West Australia were recognised for their collective response to resuscitate a swimmer in August 2017.
Joining them were Wide Bay Capricorn Branch members who responded to a rescue call for four tourists trapped by the incoming tide on Doctor’s Bay Island.
Receiving the October award were members of Burning Palms SLSC in New South Wales who trekked 1.5km to respond and deliver first aid, and, coordinate the airlift of a hiker who had fallen off a cliff in the Royal National Park.
The final award was presented to Sunshine Beach SLSC and members of the Australian Lifeguard Service for the life saving rescue of an unconscious female from a rip current in November.
SLSA President, Graham Ford AM asked members of Parliament and the public to help support beach safety education following an increase in drowning deaths this season.
“Tragically, an increase in drowning deaths have occurred at unpatrolled locations this season. It is critical that we continue to educate beachgoers about water safety and the importance of swimming at a patrolled beach and between the red and yellow flags so we can continue to keep them safe!” said Mr Ford AM.
The next Parliamentary Friends of Surf Life Saving will be held on the 21st June 2018.