Acts of brav­ery awarded

Weekend Courier - - Front Page -­mu­ni­ d482491 ROCK­ING­HAM res­i­dents were recog­nised in the Coastal Brav­ery Awards on Fri­day .

Leon Brouwer, of Sin­gle­ton, was awarded the Gold Medal­lion for Ex­cep­tional Brav­ery, while Julie and Alyssa Brouwer re­ceived the Sil­ver Medal­lion for Brav­ery – Cit­i­zens Award.

Harry Collins, of Se­cret Har­bour, re­ceived the Bronze Medal­lion for Courage – Youth Award.

The awards are Surf Life Sav­ing WA’s (SLSWA) high­est recog­ni­tion for acts of brav­ery. They have been de­vel­oped to for­mally recog­nise those who dis­play self­less­ness and brav­ery while en­deav­our­ing to save the life of an­other on the WA coast.

The awards are dis­tin­guished by the age of the re­cip­i­ent at the time of the act, the ca­pac­ity in which the re­cip­i­ent was act­ing (per­sonal, or­gan­ised or pro­fes­sional) and the de­gree of self­less­ness, brav­ery and courage dis­played.

Mr Brouwer was recog­nised for help­ing his daugh­ter Laeti­cia in Esper­ance af­ter she was at­tacked by a great white shark last year.

Mr Brouwer had been surf­ing with Laeti­cia at Kelp Beds surf break when she was at­tacked.

With­out hes­i­ta­tion and giv­ing no thought as to his own safety, Mr Brouwer swam to­wards both the shark and his daugh­ter, putting him­self in ex­treme dan­ger, to save her and bring her into shore, where he was able to start first aid. Alyssa Brouwer

Alyssa, Laeti­cia’s sis­ter, was recog­nised for her ac­tions af­ter wit­ness­ing the shark at­tack from the beach.

Alyssa re­acted im­me­di­ately, flag­ging down a ve­hi­cle that was trav­el­ling along the beach. She then as­sisted with the ap­pli­ca­tion of a leg rope as a tourni­quet on her sis­ter’s sev­ered leg and ap­plied pres­sure with her body weight and tow­els.

Once fur­ther help ar­rived, Alyssa com­forted her younger sis­ter who also saw the at­tack. Julie Brouwer

Mrs Brouwer, Laeti­cia’s mother, ad­min­is­tered first aid on her daugh­ter while they waited for help to ar­rive. Harry Collins

Harry (13) was recog­nised for help­ing swim­mers strug­gling to stay afloat on Christ­mas Day.

Harry, who had re­cently com­pleted his Surf Res­cue Cer­tifi­cate at Se­cret Har­bour Surf Life Sav­ing Club, was on vol­un­teer pa­trol duty on Christ­mas Day 2017 at Se­cret Har­bour.

Harry helped swim­mers strug­gling to stay afloat in the strong cur­rents more than eight times, re­peat­edly hav­ing to jump off his own res­cue board to grab a small child or adult.

Harry demon­strated ex­tra­or­di­nary char­ac­ter and courage and was com­mended for his ac­tions on that day.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son

Vol­un­teer surf life­saver Harry Collins, from Se­cret Har­bour, was tire­less in his ef­forts to help swim­mers strug­gling in strong cur­rents.

The Brouwer fam­ily: Laeti­cia, who was killed by a shark, Alyssa (16), Julie, Eden (12) and Leon. Leon Brouwer

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