Local heroes honoured in WA Coastal Bravery Awards

Yanchep boy Harrison Jory (11) with his friend Noah Lekias (11). Harrison helped save Noah’s life at a friend’s party and has received a Coastal Bravery Award. Picture: Martin Kennealey
Yanchep boy Harrison Jory (11) with his friend Noah Lekias (11). Harrison helped save Noah’s life at a friend’s party and has received a Coastal Bravery Award. Picture: Martin Kennealey

HARRISON Jory, who saved his friend’s life at a birthday party in 2017, is among several people to receive Coastal Bravery Awards in Perth.

The Yanchep boy received Surf Life Saving WA’s Bronze Medallion for Courage on Friday for rescuing his collapsed friend Noah Lekias from a backyard swimming pool in Gabbadah

English tourist Nicola Rivett was honoured with a Silver Medallion for Bravery for holding her injured son above the water after the Rottnest Army Jetty collapsed while treading water with two fractured ankles. Rottnest policemen Paul Lloyd and Phil Cartledge received the same medallion for their rescue efforts while at risk from hypothermia and further bridge collapse.

It was Harrison’s third award for his mate’s rescue, receiving a St John Ambulance Community Hero Award last year.

City Beach boys honoured for tragic Bali rescue

Holidaying in Nusa Lembongan in April last year, Mark and George Stewart (Silver Medallions for Bravery), of City Beach, went to the aid of a fellow Australian who had been caught in a rip.

Tragically, despite Mark administering CPR, the man was unable to be revived. With limited resources, aided by locals Mark then carried the deceased to the local hospital; organised for transport of the body to Bali; and contacted the deceased’s family.

Surfer aids friend in Gracetown great white shark attack

Matthew Percy (Gold Medallion for Exceptional Bravery), of Margaret River, went to the aid of fellow surfer and friend Alex Travaglini when he was attacked by a great white shark while surfing at Gracetown in April last year.

Kitesurfer rescues snorkeller at Penguin Island

Grant Lorje (Silver Medallion for Bravery), of Padbury, was kite surfing near Penguin Island in January when he went to the aid of a woman who, having been caught up in the strong currents while snorkelling, was struggling to stay afloat. He brought her safely back to shore.

Lifesavers answer police call at Sorrento Beach

Sorrento Surf Life Saving Club members Mike Wren and Malcolm Judge (Silver Medallions for Bravery) were asked by police in fading light in March 2017 to go to the aid of an individual who, threatening self-harm had entered the waters outside of the beach enclosure and was refusing to return to shore.

Fishermen swept off rocks at Salmon Holes

Angus Watt, of Mt Barker, Kris Mihal, of Kinross, Ross Wegner and Bill Marshall (Silver Medallions for Bravery) entered the water to go to the aid of two fishermen who were swept off rocks at the notorious Salmon Holes in our South West in April last year.

Bringing injured windsurfer to safety

Windsurfing with a friend on the last day of 2018, Michaela Maine (Silver Medallion), of Hilton, didn’t witness the accident that saw her friend catapulted from her board, breaking her arm. Coming to her aid, it took Michaela nearly an hour to bring her injured friend safely to shore.

Palm Beach rescue of man on bodyboard

Alerted by a member of his family in January this year, Alexis Grayson (Silver Medallion), of Rockingham/Coogee, went to the aid of a man on a bodyboard who, in the strong winds and suffering a brain condition which rendered him partly paralysed, had drifted beyond his capabilities and was unable to return to shore.

Boy slips off rocks into rough sea in Esperance

In treacherous conditions last December, Lisa Julian (Silver Medallion), of Esperance, paddled a surf rescue board nearly 1km to go to the aid of a teenage boy who, having slipped off the nearby rocks into the rough waters, was unable to climb out.

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