The Sunday Mail (Queensland)
SHARK HERO’S HONOUR
Springfield Lakes tradie Lincoln Sherlock made international headlines for saving the life of a man trapped in his sinking ute in the Brisbane River on July 14. Shayne Wood, 51, fainted while driving on Kingsford Smith Drive, at Newstead. He lost control of his vehicle, which plunged into the icy cold river. Lincoln, a 39-year-old roofer, saw the accident and gave little thought to his own safety when he swam out to pull Shayne free. A passing boatie ferried the pair to safety. Lincoln, a single father, left the scene before police arrived because he wanted to make it to work on time.
While driving to the hospital to be treated for an arm wound, Gympie man Scott Hammond saw a four-wheeldrive veer off the Mary Valley Highway, flip, then catch fire. While a truck driver used his extinguisher on the flames, Scott smashed the back window and climbed into the 4WD. He found a distressed female driver, undid her seatbelt and, with his injured arm, pulled her free from the smoke-filled car. He saw children’s bags in the vehicle, so he went back in to search. However, the woman’s young son was already out. While rescuing the woman, his arm wound ruptured so he drove to hospital for treatment.
Australian surfing star Julian Wilson has been hailed a hero by the international community for risking his life to help rival and close mate Mick Fanning as he was being attacked by a great white shark in the J-Bay final in South Africa on July 19. Rather than fleeing for the safety of the shore, Julian, of Coolum Beach, paddled towards the shark as it knocked Mick off his board and tried to bite him. He later said: “I was like, ‘I’ve got a board, if I can get there I can stab it or whatever. I’ve got a weapon’.” The 26-year-old won admirers for his humble and emotional interview following the attack.