Rescue earns lifesaver an award
A SILENT achiever who saved the lives of a father and son has been awarded for his heroic effort.
Brian Dell, from the Lennox Head-Alstonville Surf Life Saving Club, was paddling his surf ski recently when he noticed tourist Daryl Williams and his son had fallen off the rocks at Lennox Point.
Mr Dell paddled his ski to the couple and managed to help the young boy back on to the rocks.
Unable to help the father, Mr Dell paddled him out to sea, before losing his paddle and swimming to a nearby fishing boat for help.
A modest Mr Dell asked Lennox Head-Alstonville SLSC president Wayne Jones to speak on his behalf after he received the prestigious Surf Live Saving NSW Rescue of the Month award.
Mr Jones said the club didn’t learn of its lifesaver’s heroic rescue until Mr Williams wrote a letter of thanks to the club.
“You can imagine the look on the fishermen’s faces when Brian came swimming up to them,” he said.
“After the rescue he just went on his way again and the only way we found out about it was when the man wrote a letter of thanks about it.”
A member of the Lennox Head-Alstonville SLSC for seven years, Mr Dell is also the club captain.
Mr Jones said Mr Dell’s award is a perfect reflection of his passion for surf lifesaving.
“It’s a fantastic recognition of the commitment and integrity of Brian Dell,” he said.
“He put his own life at risk and he did that showing a lot of skill and professionalism, and from the club point of view, we are thrilled for him and the father and son.
“He is passionate about many things and is committed to lifesaving. Doing it for many years, you have to be passionate and committed.
“He trains a lot and he holds standards of what he should be doing. He trains a lot for other people, the branch and is co-ordinator for the jet ski rescue. He is a fantastic role model for what lifesavers should be, even for the more mature lifesavers.”