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SURF Life Sav­ing WA has launched the Coastal Brav­ery Awards to recog­nise peo­ple who have risked their lives to save oth­ers along the WA coast.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion is call­ing for nom­i­na­tions in the awards, which will high­light out­stand­ing acts of brav­ery.

Gen­eral man­ager Greg Peck said many life­sav­ing acts oc­curred on the WA coast ev­ery year but only a select few re­quired com­mu­nity mem­bers to will­ingly put their own lives at risk to save the life of an­other.

“Each year, sev­eral thou­sand West Aus­tralians find them­selves in life-threat­en­ing sit­u­a­tions on our coast and owe their lives to the surf life­savers, emer­gency ser­vice per­son­nel and mem­bers of the gen­eral public who re­spond to their call for aid,” he said.

“Some­times these acts re­quire the res­cuers to self­lessly place them­selves in harm’s way and it is these in­cred­i­ble acts of brav­ery that we hope to cap­ture and recog­nise through the Coastal Brav­ery Awards.”

Awards am­bas­sador Joanne Lu­cas, who re­ceived sev­eral brav­ery awards af­ter res­cu­ing a man at­tacked by a shark in Al­bany in 2008, said the state’s beaches were a big part of peo­ple’s lives.

“These awards recog­nise that our coast is also un­pre­dictable and volatile, and that it is easy to get in trou­ble,” she said.

“By rais­ing aware­ness of and cel­e­brat­ing these brave acts, we also draw at­ten­tion to the ed­u­ca­tion, train­ing and ser­vices needed to keep our coast safe.

“Recog­ni­tion by peers is also an im­por­tant part of the process for these in­cred­i­ble peo­ple who, in per­form­ing these acts of brav­ery, have risked their own lives.”

Cat­e­gories in­clude emer­gency ser­vices, life­savers and youth awards.

Nom­i­na­tions close on April 17 and win­ners will be an­nounced on May 5. Visit www.coastal­brav­eryawards.com.au.

Awards am­bas­sador Joanne Lu­cas.

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