Brave actions by Pinjarra skydiving instructor recognised

Royal Life Saving WA chief executive Peter Leaversuch with Sheldon McFarlane and Dave Fyfe from Western Power. Picture: Martin Kennealey           d447223
Royal Life Saving WA chief executive Peter Leaversuch with Sheldon McFarlane and Dave Fyfe from Western Power. Picture: Martin Kennealey         d447223

PINJARRA skydiving instructor Sheldon McFarlane was awarded a gold cross at the Royal Life Saving Western Power Bravery Awards for saving the life of a skydiving student.

Mr McFarlane was on a jump with the student, who was doing a solo training dive. Just after the jump, the student began to have a seizure. Mr McFarlane got close to the student, pulled his chute and was able to save his life.

Mr McFarlane received the gold cross at the Government House Ballroom on November 30.

Royal Life Saving Society WA 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 of the importance of obtaining lifesaving skills.”