News

Byron Bay rescuer remembers the day he saved a life

Jason Arthurton, with his daughter Abigail, at the site of Main Beach in Byron Bay where he rescued a man from drowning.  Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star
Jason Arthurton, with his daughter Abigail, at the site of Main Beach in Byron Bay where he rescued a man from drowning. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star Marc Stapelberg

IT WAS only after the ambulance drove away from the beach that Jason Arthurton understood the importance of what had just happened - he had just saved someone's life.

Three years ago on June 29, he jumped into action while going for his morning jog along Main Beach, Byron Bay.

He saw a man lying face down in the surf about 10-15m out from shore and immediately ran out into the surf, fully clothed, including running shoes.

"It was an automatic response," Mr Arthurton said.

"It was one of those moments we get in life.

"It was reassuring to watch myself be able to act and to be so focused."

Royal Life Saving NSW will today award Mr Arthurton a Certificate of Commendation in recognition of his efforts. The awards are given to "astonishing people who have done incredible things to help save other people's lives".

The official ceremony will be held at Government House in Sydney.

A spokesperson from Royal Life Saving NSW said Mr Arthurton's "quick response and actions directly contributed to the patient's survival and his subsequent full recovery".

A former scuba diving instructor, Mr Arthurton had participated in a lot of rescue diver training, as well as traditional CPR training.

"There wasn't any anxiety - the training just kicked in," he said.

"It was a surreal experience and it was only once the ambulance had taken him away that I realised what a moving experience it had been to see him saved.

"It wasn't like you see in the movies with great spurts of water.

"He was dead.

"There was no heartbeat.

"And eventually there was some foam, and some blood."

Mr Arthurton rolled him into the recovery position and he began to breathe.

When emergency services arrived on the scene an oxygen mask was placed on the patient and he was taken to Tweed Heads Hospital.

"Unfortunately I have not had a chance to talk to him," Mr Arthurton said.

"I understand why the police and Royal Surf Lifesaving service issue certificates of appreciation - it engages civilians to be part of the community and gives them that acknowledgement."

Topics:  byron bay, hero, jason arthurton, rescue




Why Lismore faces crisis if things don't change now

Lismore Chamber of Commerce and Industry chairman Andrew Gordon is concerned about the future of Lismore.

Business chamber says claims we are over-serviced are 'crap'

Popular beach closed today during shark barrier construction

Global Marine Enclosures starts to install the shark barrier at Seven Mile Beach under the watchful eye of director Edward Khoury.  Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star

North Coast beach becomes off limits work zone

Latest deals and offers

Start a conversation at the Byron Bay Writers Festival

IDEAS: The book Everywhere I Look by Helen Garner includes her essay on the insults of age.

You have a big chance to meet a number of authors

Cyndi Lauper opens up about mother's dementia

Cyndi Lauper says her mother Catrine has "a little dementia".

Uke Night's fifth year celebration

FIVE YEARS ON: Miss Amber and Stukelele.

The theme is Songs Of The Silver Screen

Lindsay Lohan 'calls off engagement'

Lohan reportedly called off her engagement to Russian millionaire

Rob Kardashian 'neglected' by Blac Chyna

Friends say they are now 'back in love'

Ngaiire: "I miss Lismore...”

ON STAGE: Former Northern Rivers resident Ngaiire during her set at Splendour.

Singer Ngaiire opens up at Splendour in the Grass

You can own this Queensland town for just $1

Yelarbon

Unprecedented auction of town's business centre with no reserve

Work starts on $15M Caloundra apartment building

Turning the first sod at the Aqua View Apartments site in Kings Beach are (from left) husband-and-wife developers Alex Yuan and Stella Sun with construction company Tomkins director Mike Tomkins and Councillor Tim Dwyer.

Developers excited about addition to Kings Beach skyline

Plans revealed for 1500-lot 'master-planned community'

Precinct will be bounded by Boundary St and Shoesmith Rd

Ecco Ripley sales run sparks prime release

MOVING IN: Sekisui House has announced the release of more residential blocks at Ecco Ripley.

Sekisui House is preparing to unveil more land at Ecco Ripley

Massive residential 9-storey high-rise hit by delays

An artist’s impression of the eight-storey-high apartment complex that Bernoth Holdings wants to build in South Toowoomba, next to the City Golf Club.

Developer struggles to get approved high-rise development started