Brave and the bold

Avon Valley Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Mark Donaldson

MID­VALE young­ster Tyler Guelfi was a “lit­tle bit scared” but did not hes­i­tate to jump into a back­yard pool and save an adult fam­ily friend who could not swim.

Dale Bolin ( 72), who Tyler ( 9) calls ‘ Aunty Dale’, was at a Tap­ping home in Jan­uary when she tried to step into the wad­ing area of the prop­erty’s pool but slipped and fell be

yond her depth.

Tyler said he saw Ms Bolin sink “straight to the bot­tom”.

With no other adults out­side at the time, the Mid­vale young­ster took it upon him­self to act.

“I jumped in and grabbed her by the arm, pulled her up and got her out of the pool,” he said.

“I was a lit­tle bit scared un­til I jumped in and ac­tu­ally did it.”

Ms Bolin was shaken but fine af­ter the in­ci­dent.

Tyler said he had learnt the skills at school swim­ming lessons and also from his fa­ther An­drew.

Mr Guelfi spoke of his son’s res­cue with pride, say­ing Tyler had not been con­fi­dent in the wa­ter as a young child af­ter a “near- drown­ing” of his own.

“His older sis­ter was swim­ming in the deep end, so he wanted to swim in the deep end and he jumped straight in,” he said.

“It took a long time to get him back in the wa­ter af­ter that in­ci­dent.

“So what he did when he saw her ( Ms Bolin) fall in the pool – just with­out hes­i­ta­tion, jump in straight af­ter – her was a pretty mean feat.” The Gazette asked Tyler if his res­cue had mo­ti­vated him to be­come a life- guard when he was old enough, to which he replied “yeah, prob­a­bly”.

Tyler re­ceived a brav­ery award from the Royal Life Sav­ing So­ci­ety of WA this week.

He is one of 31 re­cip­i­ents from across WA.

Other lo­cally- re­lated re­cip­i­ents in­cluded:

Molly Cold­well, who per­formed CPR on a cafe pa­tron who col­lapsed in Hil­larys last De­cem­ber.

Jade MacDon­ald, Bec John­ston, Mike Tin­dale, Bob Ed­wards, Matt Wil­liams and David Davies, who worked to­gether to save a man whose heart stopped beat­ing while he was swim­ming at Craigie Leisure Cen­tre in March.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey d475221

Dale Bolin with Tyler Guelfi at the side of the pool where the in­ci­dent hap­pened.

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