Rescue of the Month

2022/23 Winners

November 2022 – Many LSC

The patrol had just about finished packing up for the day when a member of the public notified them that someone was in trouble in a rip near the Corso.  A quick look confirmed a person with their arm up approx. 100m offshore.
Upon arrival at the location, the Patrol Captain saw that 1 patient had already been brought to the beach but there were 2 other swimmers in distress and clinging to a local surfer’s board.  Lifesavers and a Lifeguard quickly paddled out to assist the swimmers and brought them to shore, at which point they had to be carried up the beach.  Oxygen saturation was quite low on 2 of the patients and so they were put on oxygen therapy while waiting for the ambulance that Surfcom had requested.
All 3 patients (all under 18) were suffering from mild hypothermia and with treatment, had started to improve by the time the ambulances arrived.  All 3 were transferred to hospital.

September 2022 – Manly LSC

During the annual pre-season Nipper Training Camp in Sawtell, which involved approx. 100 Nippers from Manly LSC, Sawtell SLSC and Coffs Harbour SLSC, one of the water safety members suffered a medical episode while performing water safety duties on a rescue board. The episode caused him to lose consciousness and he collapsed onto the board.  The board was washed into the break and the POI was rolled off the board and into the water. The POI was seen by a member of the public and a nipper parent floating in the break, due to the bright hi-viz orange rashie he was wearing.
The POI was brought from the water initially unconscious and having been submersed for approx. 2 minutes.  By the time he was brought up to dry sand he had started to regain consciousness. The team performed initial emergency care and provided oxygen.
Thankfully due to the quick actions of the Manly/Sawtell Water Safety team and the fact the POI was wearing hi- viz to be noticed and found in fast moving surf quickly, a life was saved that day.

August 2022 – Whale Beach SLSC 

29th August 2022: A member of the public alerted four surf club members that were talking in the grass carpark of Whale Beach that there was an incident happening in the rip south of the club house. The Club Captain, Jack Lamrock saw that two members of the public, an older man (father) and a younger boy (son) were indeed in trouble.
Jack took command of the situation, instructing two club members, Alexander Benson and Charlie Sherlock to take rescue boards out to rescue them from the rip. Jack and Harry Millard followed to support the rescue once they made it back to shore.
Back at shore there was discussion and an assessment to check that the two patients were ok. It was very hard as they didn’t speak much English. Fortunately, someone arrived that could translate, at which point a discussion about RIPS and beach safety was held.

July 2022 – Avalon Beach SLSC

4th July 2022: Proving lifesavers are never truly off duty, Avalon Beach SLSC’s Nick Sampson and Jason Dale’s quick thinking and sound action in a high-pressure situation has seen the Northern Beaches pair awarded with Surf Life Saving NSW’s Rescue of the Month for July 2022.
On their way back to a hotel on 4 July after a full day posted with the SES in response to the heightening flood emergency, Nick and Jason found themselves caught in flash flooding in Liverpoolwhere, for close to three hours, they switched gears back into lifesaving mode to assist nearly 100 stranded vehicles.
Their rescue support varied from extricating people through car windows and carrying them to self-made evacuation points, to escorting and directing people through the waters.
Chief among their outstanding efforts was the rescue of an elderly woman who had been swept off her feet into the moving water as well as a policewoman who had jumped in to assist.
Jason and Nick were able to rescue them both before they were washed into a nearby creek.
Without their involvement, the incident could very easily have been a fatal one to many. The surf lifesavers were commended on scene by all attending agencies, and the following day, pictures from the scene showed the damage that had been incurred – a sage reminder of the important role they played.
Avalon Beach SLSC was also awarded the SLSNSW Rescue of the Month

About Rescue of the Month

Lifesavers and Lifeguards provide a valuable service on beaches and in communities throughout Australia – many exceptional rescues and first aids preformed over and above normal duties and which showcase excellence in lifesaving skills and procedures often go unrecognised.

The Rescue of the Month aims to recognise excellence in lifesaving and service delivery, measured against industry best practice and operating procedures. It is not aimed to encourage unnecessary risk or neglect of safety considerations.

Winners of the Branch Rescue of the Month award are automatically nominated for the next stage in the award program, being the State in this case, State winners then go on to be nominated for National Rescue of the Month recognition.

Clubs and Support Operations organisations are encouraged to nominate teams or individuals involved in any outstanding rescues conducted during or outside of patrol hours, year round, on or off the beach.

Nomination Process

Clubs and Support Operations are to nominate using the official Rescue of the Month Nomination Form. Nominations must be submitted by the due date as late nominations will not be considered.

Key dates for 2022/23 are as follows:

1-31 July 2022(July) 5/08/2022 12/08/2022 19/08/2022
1-31 August 2022(August) 9/09/2022 16/09/2022 23/09/2022
1-30 September2022 (September) 7/10/2022 14/10/2022 21/10/2022
1-31 October2022 (October) 4/11/2022 11/11/2022 18/11/2022
1-30 November2022 (November) 9/12/2022 16/12/2022 23/12/2022
1-31 December2022 (December) 6/01/2023 13/01/2023 20/01/2023
1-31 January2023 (January) 3/02/2023 10/02/2023 17/02/2023
1-28 February2023 (February) 3/03/2023 10/03/2023 17/03/2023
1-31 March 2023(March) 7/04/2023 14/04/2023 21/04/2023
1-30 April 2023(April) 5/05/2023 12/05/2023 19/05/2023
1-31 May 2023(May) 9/06/2023 16/06/2023 23/06/2023
1-30 June 2023(June) 7/07/2023 14/07/2023 21/07/2023




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