Acts of bravery awarded
www.communitypix.com.au 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.
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