The Sunday Mail (Queensland)

SHARK HERO’S HON­OUR

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LIN­COLN SHER­LOCK

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.

SCOTT HAM­MOND

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.

JU­LIAN WIL­SON

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.

 ??  ?? TRUE GRIT: Surfer Ju­lian Wil­son be­came an in­ter­na­tional sen­sa­tion when he came to the res­cue of his mate Mick Fan­ning, who was be­ing at­tacked by a great white shark.
TRUE GRIT: Surfer Ju­lian Wil­son be­came an in­ter­na­tional sen­sa­tion when he came to the res­cue of his mate Mick Fan­ning, who was be­ing at­tacked by a great white shark.
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