Royal Life Saving Society of WA honours acts of bravery in 2018 awards

Harrison Jory (11) and Noah Lekias (11). Picture: Martin Kennealey.
Harrison Jory (11) and Noah Lekias (11). Picture: Martin Kennealey.

TODAY’S 2018 Royal Life Saving Bravery Awards recognise outstanding acts of bravery by 45 individuals across WA.

The Royal Life Saving Society WA will hold a ceremony at the State Reception Centre in Kings Park today to honour people who had taken extraordinary actions to save another person’s life.

Society chief executive Peter Leaversuch said each award recipient displayed exceptional courage, empathy and initiative by applying lifesaving skills in emergency situations and sometimes at risk to themselves.

“The bravery and commitment of these individuals in saving lives is an excellent example to all West Australians and deserves our highest recognition,” he said.

“It sends the strongest message possible about the importance of obtaining lifesaving skills.

“As we approach another summer I encourage everyone to think about how they might, in their own way, make a contribution to drowning prevention, and saving lives.

“It may be to improve your own skills in CPR, first aid or rescue, to raise awareness amongst your family, friends or workplace, or to help someone in need.

“Everyone can be a lifesaver.”

 Royal Life Saving Bravery Awards 2018 recipients

– Lifeguards Harley Carey and Kendall Walter saved the life of a swimmer at Scarborough Beach Pool after he collapsed and stopped breathing during a swimming session.

– Brothers Jackson and Connor Evans were swimming at Kuta Beach in Bali when they spotted a European tourist stuck in a rip and being taken out to sea. The brothers swam out to the man and brought him back to shore.

– Lifeguard Tanika Buscombe was called on to assist a man who was found unconscious at the Wordsworth Reserve in Yokine. She ran across from the Terry Tyzack Aquatic Centre, providing CPR until emergency services arrived.

– Lifeguard team James Annetts, Pia Rodgers, Molly Higgins and Christine Walker saved the life of a swimmer who became unconscious while swimming laps at Fremantle Leisure Centre. They provided life-saving CPR until emergency services arrived.

– Yanchep 11-year-old Harrison Jory saw his friend suffer a seizure in the swimming pool at a birthday party in Gabbadah, and rescued him from the water, saving his life.

Mark Skrzypek, a harbour master at the Fremantle Sailing Club, spotted a man jump from a boat and fail to surface. He entered the water, pulling the man up from the seabed and saving his life.

– Cockburn Aquatic and Recreation Centre lifeguards Rhiannon Keel, Pete Delaney, Sam Hendry, Josh Wood, Andrew Macray and Michael Pinkham responded to a woman who was suffering a mental health crisis at the facility. They working hard to rescue her from the water as she actively tried to propel herself to the bottom of the pool.

Nathan Miller was called upon to assist an unconscious man at a local shopping centre, while on a break from his duties at Leisurepark Balga. He trained a bystander on-the-go, to assist him in performing lifesaving CPR.

Dan Holman and Marie MacDonald saw a man thrown from his motorcycle in peak hour traffic on the Mitchell Freeway in Edgewater, dragging the man to safety and performing lifesaving CPR on the roadside.

– While at the beach in Jurien Bay with her family, five-year-old Milla Fearnall noticed her sister Indy had fallen in the water and was struggling to surface. Milla raced over to her sister and pulled her up, holding her head out of the water while calling for their parents to help.

– Lifeguard Raphael Gabriel quickly spotted three young children who were panicking after getting out of their depth while at Leisurepark Balga. In responding so efficiently to the emergency, he saved three lives.

Jacqueline Lees and Malcolm Gomersall saw a man who’d been flung from his motorbike while driving in Waikiki. The man had serious injuries and the pair provided first aid while waiting for paramedics to arrive, saving his life.

Magnus Rudisele, Tom Pawikowski, David Thompson and Marty Calley performed CPR on their friend Paul, who had suffered a sudden heart attack during a group bike ride in Landsdale. The trio’s quick response and CPR training saved Paul’s life.

Alison Brewer spotted a cyclist who had collapsed over his handlebars and collided with a barrier fence on a freeway overpass in Balcatta. Alison provided first aid and performed CPR on the man until emergency services arrived.

– Lifeguard trio Charlotte Saxon, Chris Bulgin and Sateki A’Vard spotted a 12-year-old girl who was submerged in the wave pool at Bayswater Waves. They pulled her from the pool and performed life-saving CPR.

Jayla Wallace (13) threw herself in front of an oncoming truck to shield her four-year-old nephew Jordyn, who had run out into oncoming traffic in Swan View. She saved Jordyn’s life and miraculously walked away with just cuts and bruises.

Emma Mercuri performed lifesaving CPR on a young boy who was discovered submerged under water in a pool at a water park in Bali. Emma, a trained lifeguard from Aquamotion Wanneroo, was on holiday with friends when she found herself in the right place at the right time to save the boy’s life.

Alana Pinnock (14) provided first aid to a student who suffered a seizure while in class at Mercedes College. Alana calmly used the skills she had learnt through her first aid and bronze medallion training to ensure the girl was safely handed over to medical officers.

Helen Loake provided CPR to a fellow swimmer, Lesley, who had become ill and passed out during a swim training session at HBF Stadium in Mount Claremont. She was supported by lifeguards Roko Sango, Erica Irvine and Chris Hardie who also provided CPR, oxygen and a defibrillator, while ensuring paramedics were quickly called to care for Lesley. The quick response by all involved saved her life.

Ryan Hill jumped into the water to rescue a baby and several others after a pontoon overturned during an evening outing at the Mandurah Estuary.

– Six-year-old Ruby-Maree Ugle looked after her mum, Tahni, and called for help after Tahni collapsed at home in Ellenbrook. Ruby’s calm response in caring for her mum, keeping her younger siblings away and calling for help saved her mum’s life.

Mark Lush rescued a couple, Debra and Kevin O’Meara, after they got swept away by the current while attempting to cross the Murray River near Dwellingup. The pair activated an EPIRB and Mark arrived at the scene, using a rope to drag the pair to safety and providing them with warm clothing while waiting for emergency services to arrive.

– Bristow Helicopters crew Matt Vermeulen, Gordon Watt, Tony Mobilia and Craig Potter were called to assist in the search for two young boys who were adrift in the ocean off Exmouth for more than 21 hours. The 12 and 18-year-old boys had run out of petrol during a quick fishing trip, and drifted out to sea with no food, water or emergency supplies. The helicopter crew spotted them the following day and winched them to safety, ensuring they were able to safely make it home.