Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Thanking Bundy's Heroes; Local Folks Honoured by QSLS

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Thanking Bundy's Heroes; Local Folks Honoured by QSLS

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SEVEN lives were saved by strangers at beaches around Bundaberg between August last year and March this year.

Without the quick thinking action of six Bundaberg community members, the outcome may have been very different.

Surf Life Saving Queensland has recognised the bravery and lifesaving actions of the selfless locals by giving them a Lifesaving Award of Excellence.

On October 17, two stand up paddle-boarders, one being Darren Keena, noticed backpackers on tyre tubes up the Elliot Heads river mouth.

Mr Keena said it was only by chance that he went for a paddle that day and the rescue happened in a blink of an eye.

The next day, Sherylea and Mick Gray noticed a couple in trouble at Elliot Heads.

Mrs Gray saw two people in the neck of the river and said to Mick "I think they're In trouble".

She ran around trying to get help before a council worker suggested she use the emergency phone.

Thanks to the efforts of Mr and Mrs Gray, the couple was brought safely back to shore where they were treated by paramedics. …

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