Local Surf Lifesavers Ride Wave Of Success


Sharon Bird today congratulated local surf lifesavers from Towradgi Surf Lifesaving Club, with assistance from Fair Meadow 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.


Craig Zulian, Sonia Zulian, Don Allan and Richard Walsh from Towradgi SLSC and Nathan McKnight and Konrad Robertson from Fairy Meadow SLSC were commended for their life saving skills for a rescue the team conducted in January this year.


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:

On Friday 30 January 2015, Richard Walsh working with Police Rescue informed Craig Zulian that a surfer was caught 300m south of Fairy Meadow SLSC and 100m out to sea. Don Allan was notified to start up the ATV with the RWC at Towradgi Beach.


Sonia Zulian discussed the situation and the risk involved with the rescue in fading light and large surf. It took Craig two attempts to clear the 3-4 metre break to commence the search.


The surfer treading water for more than 10 minutes was placed on the RWC as Craig drove into Wollongong Harbour, radioing for emergency services. The patient was transported by NSW Paramedics to Wollongong Hospital and has since made a full recovery.

Craig’s skill and experience ultimately saved the life of the surfer along with the help from Richard, Sonia, Don, Nathan and Konrad.


“It is great to see our local Surf Lifesavers recognised for their skills.  This is the second occasion on which a local Surf Club has won this monthly award – in September 2014 Sandon Point Surf Lifesaving Club attended Parliament to receive their award,” Sharon Bird said.


“As one of the founding members of Parliamentary Friends of Surf Lifesaving, I would like to take this opportunity to commend the team from Towradgi and Fairy Meadow Surf Lifesaving Clubs on their award and also to thank the many lifesavers that give up their time to protect our local beaches season after season.”