SLSNSW Rescue of the Month

The SLSNSW Rescue of the Month for October 2012 has been awarded to Anika Morgan from Woolgoolga Surf Life Saving Club.

On Wednesday 17 October 2012 at around 3 pm four Korean tourists were swimming at the Southern end of Woolgoolga Beach when they became caught in a strong rip. A local off-duty Lifesaver, Anika Morgan, was at the club when she heard the men’s cries for help.

Anika immediately paddled out on a rescue board to the men in distress. While she was attempting to reach the men, a member of the public called 000 Police to report the incident. The Police tasked the Surf Emergency Response System and within minutes the local Duty Officer, Les Pepper, was heading to the scene.

During this time Anika had managed to reach the patients. When she arrived all men were exhausted and one in particular was barely able to stay afloat. Using her Rescue Board to support them, she reassured the men and waited until a fellow lifesaver, Luke Featherstone, was able to reach them on a second rescue board.

All four men were then transported back to the beach where ambulance crews attended to them as they had swallowed large amounts of water.

The courage and quick response of Anika on this day is a great testament to her skills as a lifesaver. Her actions led to the rescuing of four men who otherwise may have drowned.

For more information and previous recipients visit the Rescue of the Month page.

Fri 23 Nov 2012