Randwick Crew Awarded Rescue of the Month

Brad Taylor, Karl Solomonson, Jerome Dillon-Baker and Matt Spooner of the Randwick Offshore Rescue Boat have been praised for their efforts in the dramatic rescue of a rock fisherman, by being awarded the Surf Life Saving NSW Rescue of the Month for December 2013.

On Saturday 7 December 2013 at around 12.45pm, an emergency call was made to the Surf Rescue Emergency Response System asking for assistance at North Maroubra for reports of a fisherman floating face down in the water.

At top speed in the heavy surf and swell, the Randwick Offshore Rescue Boat (Surf Rescue 30) made its way from Malabar and began a search along the coastline. After entering Lurline Bay, the crew spotted a person in the surf zone and NSW Police and bystanders at the top of the cliff, signaling and pointing to the patient.

The patient was close to the rocks and appeared to be struggling after being hit by a number of large waves. The Surf Rescue 30 vessel was being pounded by waves however Jerome managed to enter the water with a rescue tube and swim to the patient. The patient was secured and towed back to Surf Rescue 30 where he was brought aboard and treated by Matt for shock and abrasions to his arms and legs.

The patient was taken to Maroubra Beach and handed over to the Maroubra SLSC Patrol who administered further care until an Ambulance arrived.

If it had not been for the expertise, experience, bravery, dedication and immediate response of the Randwick Offshore Rescue Boat Crew, this rock fisherman could have easily become a drowning victim.

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

Fri 24 Jan 2014