Lifesavers Commended for Brave Conduct

Two off-duty surf lifesavers have been recognised with Commendations for Brave Conduct on behalf of the Governor General as part of the Australian Honours and Awards announcement.

The Australian Bravery Decorations recognise acts of bravery by people whose selfless actions protect the lives or property of others.

On 4 July 2010, Brian Dell of Lennox Head-Alstonville SLSC, rescued two people who had been swept off the rocks at Lennox Head.

Mr Dell was paddling a surf ski when he saw the two people in the water. Leaving his ski behind, he entered the water, swam to the boy and assisted him back to the rocks. He then attempted to get the man to the rocks but was unsuccessful, due to the weight of the man and his wet clothes. Mr Dell then swam the man about 100 metres back to the ski, but was unable to manoeuvre it back to shore because he had lost his paddle. Mr Dell left the man holding onto the ski and swam to a nearby small fishing boat to raise the alarm. The boat crew quickly rescued the stricken man from the water.

On 27 November 2008, Mr Bernard McCaffery from Byron Bay SLSC, assisted in the rescue of a woman from a rip at Tallows Beach, Byron Bay.

Mr McCaffery was alerted that a woman and a man, who had already gone in to assist the woman, were in distress out past the breakers. Three other men had also entered the water to assist. Mr McCaffery grabbed a surfboard and made his way to the group. He dragged the exhausted woman onto the board and then pulled one of the men onto the board. Mr McCaffery managed to get the pair to shore, while the other two men made their way back to shore, after being in the water for almost 40 minutes.

Mr McCaffery also receives the Group Bravery Citation alongside the other rescuers who assisted him on the day including Edward Adcock, Zachary Brooker, Christopher Jarvis and Ross Woodthorpe Anderson.

Former Broulee Surfers SLSC member Samuel Edwards will be awarded a Bravery Medal for his actions in rescuing a man after a helicopter crashed into the sea at Lilli Pilli near Batemans Bay.

Surf Life Saving NSW congratulates Brian, Bernard and Sam on their brave actions, putting their surf lifesaving skills and knowledge to great use in real life rescue situations.

Tue 26 Mar 2013