ABC South East reported today on an amazing rescue effort, and some very well deserved recognition.
Broulee Surfers and the Moruya & Batemans Bay Surf Life Saving Clubs have been given an award at the SLSA National Awards, after coming to the aid of a vessel which capsized while trying to negotiate the Moruya River bar on the 24th of March.
Photo: ABC South East Recreational fishing boats had already pulled two people out of the water, a third person was helped onto a fishing boat, while an IRB crew rescued two more people.
An injured person was transported to shore by a jet ski manned by Andrew Edmunds, while Shaun Pike and Michael Weyman waited with the overturned boat and continue to search for a missing person.
Lifesavers Ken and Mick Bellette and Ben Ralston arrived to help. The missing person was found and CPR was administered while the rescue boat raced to shore where she was handed to the care of paramedics. Unfortunately, the young girl lost her life.
As Surf Lifesaving Australia says "The lifesavers involved showed great strength and courage in the face of adversity." Marine Rescue Narooma also advise that several Marine Rescue units also made a significant contribution to this tragic incident, with Marine Rescue Narooma taking the deceased girl’s distraught father on board at the scene, managing his health and safety, and securing the vessel to prevent it from sinking. Marine Rescue Batemans Bay towed the vessel back to Batemans Bay - a difficult and lengthy process. As often occurs with such incidents, a range of emergency services are involved in the incident and work together.
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