Lifeguards cool in stadium crisis
FOUR lifeguards from Mt Claremont received gold crosses for their act of bravery in an emergency at the Royal Life Saving Bravery Awards 2016 on Wednesday.
In June, a VenuesWest contract worker fell through the roof at HBF Stadium and landed in the lower concourse of the reception.
Sam Stacy, Erica Irvine, Sophie Pugsley and Josh Zekulich acted quickly and administered first aid, called for the ambulance and created privacy until the paramedics arrived and took the man to hospital.
The man later passed away.
Mr Stacy said it was a tragic event but it was an honour to be recognised for the team’s efforts.
“The experience gave me further confidence in my abilities as a lifeguard when faced with pressure situations and unpredictable circumstances,” he said.
Ms Irvine said she appreciated working alongside a dedicated and courageous team but she endeavoured to be the best possible lifeguard every day.
“Many situations during my experience have inspired me to ensure not only myself but our entire lifeguard team is prepared for the call of duty when it arises,” she said.
Mr Zekulich said the experience inspired him to become a better lifesaver.
“It highlighted to me the extent of things we may have to deal with at the pool and inspired me to go outside my comfort zone in learning to create a much more well-rounded knowledge of emergency procedures and processes at the pool,” he said.
Lifeguards and bravery award recipients Erica Irvine, Samuel Stacy and Sophie Pugsley.