Recently I had the pleasure to present the Parliamentary Friends of Surf Life Saving National Rescue of the Month Award to Trigg Island Surf Life Saving Club.
On 20 August 2017, Trigg resident Les Lindsay emerged from the waters of Trigg Beach and collapsed, unconscious. A nearby surf lifesaver immediately put Mr Lindsay into the recovery position and called on fellow surf lifesavers to assist. An ambulance was quickly called while five volunteer surf lifesavers took turns administering CPR using the defibrillator to deliver shocks. Three days later, Mr Lindsay recovered, and despite broken ribs the doctors had given him the all clear.
If not for the quick thinking and first aid skills delivered by the well trained volunteers at Trigg Island, this story could have been devastatingly different. It takes an enormous amount of time and effort to train, educate and mentor volunteer surf life savers and I thank the club and its members for their hard work each year keeping local Stirling residents and visitors safe.