NSW Lifesavers Receive National Rescue Awards

Continuing on from the Blues State of Origin victory last night, three NSW clubs were presented with National Rescue of the Month awards at Parliament House Canberra this morning.

Lifesavers from Towradgi Surf Life Saving Club, North Narrabeen Surf Life Saving Club and North Bondi Surf Life Saving Club received their awards from the Parliamentary Friends of Surf Life Saving Group in Canberra.

Craig and Sonia Zulian, Don Allan and Richard Walsh from Towradgi SLSC were acknowledged for the lifesaving rescue of a 15 year old boy who became caught in a rip in three to four metre surf in January.

The Zulian’s attended the special ceremony on behalf of Towradgi SLSC and were overwhelmed with the award as they say they were just doing their job as volunteer surf lifesavers.

“This morning’s ceremony was great. It’s a big eye opener to see what other surf lifesavers have put themselves through to save a life,” Craig said.

“Everyone comes together to have fun training but when it comes down to dealing with real life situations, we work as a team to provide the best assistance we can.”

Bruce Kelly from North Narrabeen SLSC received the National award for his efforts in February. The surf lifesaver wasn’t even on patrol when he rescued three children and their father after spotting them in big trouble in a strong rip off Narrabeen Beach.

North Bondi members James Fleetwood and Josh Vernon were awarded the National award for March due to their miraculous mass rescue off Bondi Beach.

James and Josh made 15 rescues using the Inflatable Rescue Boat when a very strong rip pulled swimmers out beyond the break at the famous Sydney beach.

The three rescues in total saved 22 people’s lives which is an outstanding effort and deserves national recognition.

“Receiving the National Rescue of the Month was an outstanding experience and it’s great to see what can be achieved as a surf lifesaver. Ultimately our three rescues saved lives and that’s why we are part of Surf Life Saving,” Craig Zulian said after the ceremony.

For the official citations for all Rescues of the Month please visit our Rescue of the Month page.

Photo L-R: Bruce Kelly, Josh Vernon, James Fleetwood, Graham Ford (SLSA President), Sonia and Craig Zulian.

Thu 18 Jun 2015