One of many area’s younger surfers was awarded a silver star for bravery at WA Surf Lifesaving headquarters final Friday.
The award for Jake Fisher got here due to an incident on Could 2 final yr when the then-17-year-old charged into harmful waters to assist a younger swimmer in bother.
The younger girl, who was with Jake’s group of associates, struggled amid the massive swell and powerful currents generated by an offshore storm.
WA’s SLS mentioned Jake swam out to the younger girl “with out hesitation” and rescued her from repeatedly dumping waves.
“Jake was capable of calm her down, and negotiating the waves and rip, tow her safely again to shore,” a spokesperson mentioned.
“With few others on the seashore that day, witnesses say that Jake confirmed composure and braveness, and if not for his fast actions, the result might have been very totally different.”
Jake advised the Instances he was shocked to get the award.
“It’s simply what you do,” he mentioned, “so very stunning to get an award for it.
“I’m simply grateful for all of the individuals who have helped me in tough conditions out and in of the water.
“I’m glad to return that favour to the particular person I helped that day.”
Rising up in Margaret River and an lively position with surf lifesaving ready him effectively for when his well-honed expertise had been wanted for actual.
Margaret River Surf Lifesaving Membership president Aaron McRae saluted the teen’s contribution to the Nippers program which educated lifeguards of the long run.
“It’s all the time a proud second when one among our younger members achieves an award, however to attain an award for saving an individual, effectively that’s actually particular,” he mentioned.
A complete of 41 folks had been honoured at Friday’s ceremony.