Six surf lifesavers from Emu Park SLSC central Queensland, Surf Life Saving Central Coast (NSW) and the Australian Lifeguard Service in Queensland were recognised at Parliament today, with National Rescue of the Month Awards for July/August, September and October respectively.
The ceremony was attended by co-chairs of the Parliamentary Friends of Surf Life Saving, Sarah Henderson MP, Member for Corangamite, and the Matt Thistlethwaite, MP, Member for Kingsford Smith, with a host of federal MPs.
To celebrate the launch of the summer patrol season Nippers from Broulee SLSC also joined the ceremony.
Surf Life Saving Australia president Graham Ford announced the awards: “Surf Life Saving Australia’s Rescue of the Month recognises incredible and courageous acts of service in saving lives.
“The members who we honour here today used their training and skills gained as lifesavers to ensure that four people were able to return home to their loved ones.”
Mr Ford reminded MPs to swim at patrolled beaches and between the red and yellow flags.
“The iconic red and yellow flags of Surf Life Saving, and the lifesavers that vigilantly patrol our beaches are part of a movement dedicated to saving lives just like these brave individuals who have been honoured with Awards today”
“As the weather heats up always swim at a patrolled beach, in between the red and yellow flags because if we can’t see you, we can’t save you,” he said.