During the recently held 2021 SunSmart Country Carnival organised by the City of Bunbury Surf Lifesaving Club, Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School Year 11 student and Surf Lifesaving Club member, Noah Hales risked his own safety by jumping into the water to rescue a young swimmer who was struggling.
“I noticed a young girl swimming in a rip current and she had lost her feet on the sand bank. Without hesitation, I knew I had to leap into action and ran into the water to save this little girl,” Noah said.
The parents of the child were very appreciative of Noah’s lifesaving efforts and they spoke to the Club President, Denise Duncan to pass on their sincere thanks to Noah, and he received a special mention at the Carnival’s debriefing.
“I am very honoured to be recognised for what I did but it is not the reason I decided to run out into the water. I ran out because I knew I needed to and that someone’s life depended on it. I would like to thank the City of Bunbury Surf Lifesaving Club for training me along with others of keep our beach safe.”
Joining the Surf Lifesaving club two years ago, Noah has since achieved his Bronze Medallion and works with younger kids in the club teaching them about water safety, swimming and board skills.
“I was inspired to join the club as I knew it was an opportunity for me to be able to give back to the community and help others when they are in need,” said Noah.
“It’s a great opportunity to work with many amazing people from all different professions and you continue to learn, so you are able to keep the community safe.”