Two lifesavers from Helensburgh-Stanwell Park SLSC have been awarded the prestigious NSW Rescue of the Month award following the dramatic rescue of a paraglider who had landed in the ocean.
Patrol 3 noticed the paraglider in the water at the southern end of Stanwell Park Beach.
Edward White and Nicholas Lowe launched the IRB, however were forced to turn back due to the large swell.
With the man clinging to rocks in a six foot swell, Nick and Lochleigh Thompson climbed were wearing safety vests when they climbed across the rocks to find the paraglider clinging for safety and tangled in his ropes. They had thought to grab scissors so were able to cut him clear before dragging the man from the water. He was exhausted and disoriented but otherwise unhurt.
“The paraglider was in a very dangerous position but I felt confident I could trust the rest of the patrol and that with their help we could retrieve the patient safely,” says Nick.
The SLSNSW Rescue of the Month recognises excellence in lifesaving, with the winners into the running for the National awards, and the SLSNSW Rescue of the Year.