Macksville Scotts Head Lifesavers Awarded Rescue of the Month

Lifesavers from Macksville Scotts Head on the state's Mid North Coast have been awarded the National Rescue of the Month as well as the Surf Life Saving NSW Rescue of the Month for October 2014.

On Monday 13 October at 6:00pm, a member of the public alerted Macksville-Scotts Head president, Jason O’Donnell, that a female swimmer was caught in a rip approximately 150 metres offshore. Instantly, Jason grabbed a rescue board from the club house and ran down to the water.

At the same time, two other club members Peter McNally and Paul Young made the decision to launch the Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB) to provide additional support to Jason as the surf conditions were extremely hazardous. While the rescue was in progress, a local surfer alerted triple zero Police.

Jason paddled out in the rip while Peter drove the IRB and Paul Young kept looking for the person who had drifted approximately 150 metres offshore by this time. The choppy surf conditions made it extremely challenging for the lifesavers to locate the patient.

Finally Jason spotted the patient who was underwater and struggling to stay afloat. Jason was struck on his head by the board while undertaking the rescue operation, but was able to get the patient onto the rescue board and paddle to shore. Peter and Paul also returned to shore.

Once back on the beach, the lifesavers assisted the patient who had taken in a large amount of water and was suffering shock. The patient was placed in the recovery position, administered oxygen therapy and kept warm until paramedics arrived on-scene.

Jason, Peter and Paul demonstrated exceptional decision-making and lifesaving skills and their quick actions prevented the drowning of a woman on the Mid North Coast.

The SLSNSW Rescue of the Month aims to recognise excellence in lifesaving. Each month a ‘Rescue of the Month’ is awarded at State level for the most outstanding rescue performance for that period. Monthly winners have the chance to win the Australian Rescue of the Month and become finalists for the SLSNSW Rescue of the Year which is presented at the annual Awards of Excellence.

For official citations and past recipients please visit the Rescue of the Month Recognition Page.

Mon 1 Dec 2014