Sharon Bird today congratulated local surf lifesavers from Bulli Surf Lifesaving Club on their “Rescue of the Month Award” which was presented today at Parliament House during a Presentation Ceremony organised by the Parliamentary Friends of Surf Lifesaving.
The Parliamentary Friends of Surf Lifesaving Rescue of the Month award acknowledges the rescue deemed Australia’s most courageous that month.
The details of the rescue are as follows:
BULLI SURF LIFE SAVING CLUB, NSW
Dean Dudley, Kiah Taylor, Kaimana Fittock, Zara Sharman, Morgan Richards, Daniel St George, Graham Bilton, & Stuart Brown.
On 6 December 2015 a large wave swept six males 100m out to sea approximately 20m north of the Bulli SLSC flags in 6-foot dumping surf. Eight patrolling members including SRCs swiftly acted to rescue the patients utilising rescue boards, rescue tubes and an IRB.
One distressed patient frantically grabbed a member (in an attacking manor) in an attempt to be saved and was calmed.
All Patients were returned to shore safely in testing conditions.
All lifesavers involved demonstrated exceptional lifesaving skills and experience with SLS equipment that ultimately prevented serious injuries.
“Our local lifesavers work hard to keep our beaches safe over summer and it is great to see our local surf lifesavers recognised here at Parliament House,” Sharon Bird said.
“Bulli Surf Life Saving Club is the third club from the Illawarra to receive the Award. Sandon Point received the Award in September 2014 and Towradgi Surf Life Saving Club (with assistance from Fairy Meadow Surf Life Saving Club) were presented with their award for a rescue in January 2015.
“I would like to thank all of our local lifesavers who give up their time to keep our community safe on the beach. They do a great job, sometimes in very difficult circumstances,” Sharon Bird concluded.
THURSDAY 3 MARCH 2016