Pacific Palms Lifesavers Awarded Rescue of the Month

Lennon Fisher, Kel McCredie and Jerrad Allen of Pacific Palms SLSC have been honoured with the Rescue of the Month for October 2013.

On Saturday 12 October 2013 at around 4.52pm, Allan Davis (Lower North Coast Branch Duty Officer) was advised by the Surf Rescue Emergency Response System that a surfer had been washed up onto rocks at South Booti Booti near the Ruins camping ground.

Davis immediately tasked the Pacific Palms SLSC call out team to respond. Kel McCredie and Lennon Fisher launched the Rescue Water Craft (RWC) into a wild, wind-swept swell on Elizabeth Beach, over two kilometres from the incident location. Jerrad Allen was on scene to provide back up.

Operating the RWC solo, Fisher navigated despite poor visibility and 6ft swell, to search South Booti Booti and located two exhausted men (one surfer and one body boarder) just off the rocks. In extremely challenging conditions affected by ‘backwash’ from the rocks, large broken waves and strong winds, Fisher rescued the surfers and their boards. Both patients were delivered safely back to Elizabeth beach, tired but unharmed. A third surfer managed to make his way to Seven Mile Beach unassisted.

During this incident, which lasted 45 minutes from tasking to completion, McCredie and Allen provided constant communication and backup to Fisher as the RWC Operator.

The courage and most importantly the skill demonstrated by Fisher in challenging conditions resulted in a great outcome from the rescue effort.

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

Rescue of the Month recipients at state level receive a $400 Surf Store credit, a pair of waterproof binoculars, a plaque and a framed citation.

For more information and to view past recipients please visit the Rescue of the Month Recognition Page.

Thu 21 Nov 2013