Wamberal Clubbie Awarded National Rescue of the Month

A clubbie who rescued two teenage girls off Wamberal Beach on the state’s Central Coast has been awarded the National Rescue of the Month for November after earlier claiming NSW honours.

It was around 6pm on Friday 27 November and Denver Brown was in the midst of packing up after providing water safety for the Wamberal Nippers who had just finished an afternoon board training session. Conditions weren’t the best for swimming with a consistent swell of around 4 feet making things difficult for those who braved the water.

Brown was just about to pick up his rescue board and make his away off the sand when he noticed a woman trying to attract his attention. The woman quickly explained that her 16-year-old daughter and one of her friends were in distress and required immediate help.

“I looked up and could see two girls out the back caught in a deep gutter and obviously in trouble. There were two teenage boys with them who were doing their best to keep their heads above water,” a modest Denver Brown said.

“I paddled out to them on the rescue board as quickly as I could. The two boys had done an absolutely incredible job of keeping the girls afloat, but they didn’t have the energy to swim them back in as well. There wasn’t a rip, but that gutter had the potential to wash them out to sea.

“Those two boys deserve plenty of credit if it wasn’t for them things could have been different as they took on a lot of water. I was able to ferry them to shore one at a time, and the two boys who had stayed with them the whole time were able to swim themselves back to the beach,” recounted Brown.

Fortuitously one of the girl’s mothers was a doctor and she was able to assess the teen’s condition and walk them off the beach for further treatment.

Mr Brown will receive his national award at a ceremony to be held at Canberra's Parliament House later this year.

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

Tue 5 Jan 2016