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SURF life­sav­ing skills off­shore and onshore served well the re­cip­i­ents of the Youth Bronze Medal­lion for Courage awarded by Premier Mark Mcgowan at City Beach SLSC on Fri­day.

“If you are not aware or have the knowl­edge of first aid and res­cue tech­niques then you should, be­cause you will never know when it may hap­pen and you need them,” Surf Life Sav­ing WA Coastal Brav­ery Awards medal­lion win­ner Elana Dami­anopou­los (16) said.

The Surf Life Sav­ing WA Coastal Brav­ery Awards recog­nise lifesavers, emer­gency ser­vices and the pub­lic who have made out­stand­ing res­cues.

Elana had only just been trained at Floreat SLSC when she swam at least 75m off­shore and stayed in the wa­ter for at least 30 min­utes to res­cue a swim­mer at Moore River in 2014.

Be­fore the emer­gency, she was told most of her res­cues would be away from the club’s home beach, in­clud­ing at home, work, a shop­ping cen­tre or on the street.

Ned­lands res­i­dent and Christ Church Gram­mar School stu­dent Stan­ley Mac­far­lane (15) jumped from his fa­ther’s car to use his re­cently ob­tained life­sav­ing skills to re­sus­ci­tate an el­derly woman who had col­lapsed in Clare­mont in Fe­bru­ary. Re­al­ity was dif­fer­ent from prac­tice. “It was very dif­fer­ent from prac­tis­ing on a doll, and quite scary how life­less she was,” Stan­ley said.

Gold Medal­lion win­ner for ex­cep­tional brav­ery and Bal­catta Se­nior High School stu­dent Ul­rich Snell (17) did not think twice when he dived in to res­cue two friends and pro­vided CPR at Scar­bor­ough Beach in Septem­ber last year.

“At the time I thought that if I did noth­ing I was go­ing to see my friends die,” Ul­rich said.

Sil­ver medal­lions for cit­i­zens’ brav­ery winners in­cluded Scar­bor­ough res­i­dent Dan Wat­son, who as­sisted in the res­cue con­ducted by Ul­rich Snell and Leederville res­i­dent Matthew Bai­ley who, with mate Gary Quin­trell, res­cued tourists twice swept out in a rip at Redgate Beach near Mar­garet River in Novem­ber 2016.

A sil­ver medal­lion went to City Beach res­i­dent Scott Bartlett for res­cu­ing a surfer at City Beach in May last year and Scar­bor­ough surf life­saver Ben Sowter re­ceived an Emer­gency Ser­vices sil­ver medal­lion for res­cu­ing three surfers in ex­treme con­di­tions in Yallingup in Novem­ber 2014.

“It’s tes­ta­ment to the peo­ple who re­ceive the awards that they are pre­pared to risk their lives for peo­ple they don’t know,” Mr Mcgowan said. His own son was saved by surf lifesavers at Se­cret Har­bour last year.

Pic­ture: Jon Bas­sett

Youth Bronze Medal­lion for Courage re­cip­i­ents Stan­ley Mac­far­lane and Elana Dami­anopou­los and Gold Medal­lion win­ner Ul­rich Snell.

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