Sharon Bird was delighted to present Burning Palms SLSC with the October 2017 Rescue of the Month Award at a presentation ceremony for the Surf Life Saving Rescue of the Month Awards at Parliament House today.

The Parliamentary Friends of Surf Lifesaving Rescue of the Month award acknowledges the rescue deemed Australia’s most courageous that month.

At the awards ceremony today, Surf Life Saving Australia were also congratulated for their video on how to identify a rip which features strongly on social media over the summer.

Sharon Bird congratulated local lifesavers Annabel Braithwaite-Young, Chris Fogwell, Paul Cooper, Eloise Cooper, Eri Shimamoto, Terry Danne, Matthew Braithwaite-Young, Laetitia Cooper, Elizabeth Feletar and Gary Daly.

“I congratulate the lifesavers from Burning Palms SLSC for their quick thinking and efforts in ensuring the victim received prompt medical attention. Their professionalism and commitment exemplify the spirit of the surf life saving movement.

“I urge people visiting spectacular but hazardous sites like the Figure Eight Pools to consider our lifesavers and ensure that they are informed about safe access to the pools by visiting the NSW National Parks website here.

To date six Cunningham clubs have received the award with Burning Palms today, North Wollongong in January 2017, Helensburgh-Stanwell Park SLSC in February 2017; Sandon Point SLSC in September 2014, Towradgi SLSC in January 2015 and Bulli SLSC in December, 2015.

October 2017 Rescue of the Month – Burning Palms SLSC

  • On Saturday 15 October, Burning Palms SLSC was alerted to a man that had fallen off a cliff while walking to the Figure Eight Pools.
  • After trekking 1.5km to the scene (which has no road access) the surf lifesavers found the man with severe injuries to his head, arm, legs, ribs and back.
  • Surf lifesavers established radio communications with the State Operations Centre via a radio relay due to the remote location. Surf lifesavers then provided first aid to the man. During this time, they kept him calm, administered oxygen and treated his injuries while also providing regular radio updates on his condition.
  • In addition, the surf lifesavers managed the crowds and assisted in carrying the victim to a suitable location for extraction via helicopter.
  • Without the professionalism, leadership and lifesaving skills shown by the patrolling surf lifesavers, the outcome for the victim would have been critical.