Holiday turns into a test of lifesaving skills
LIFEGUARD Emma Mercuri (20) has been recognised at the 2018 Royal Life Saving Society WA Bravery Awards after she saved the life of a young boy in Bali.
Emma was spending a day at Waterbom Park with friends while holidaying in Bali in July.
“We were playing volleyball in the pool and there was a little boy that was swimming around our feet,” she said.
“I thought his family must have been nearby, so we continued playing.”
Sometime after, one of Emma’s friends felt what he thought was a ball under the water but to his horror he pulled up a little boy who was blue and lifeless.
Emma’s friend brought the boy to the side of the pool as the others called for the lifeguards.
Emma, who is a lifeguard at Wanneroo Aquamotion and Darlington’s Bilgoman Aquatic Centre, said her instincts and training kicked in and she immediately started CPR.
“After a period of time the boy coughed up water and regained consciousness, so I placed him on his side in the recovery position and waited for the lifeguards to arrive,” she said.
Emma was awarded a Gold Medallion Bravery Award from the Royal Life Saving Society of WA.
Emma Mercuri received a Gold Medallion Bravery Award after helping to save the life of a boy.