Hol­i­day turns into a test of life­sav­ing skills

Wanneroo Weekender - - Front Page -

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.

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