News

Bravery award for group who rescued man from sinking car

Floodwater had filled Butrose Tourky?s car to the roof. Trapped, he thought he was gone. Then his two saviours Jack Burke and S
Floodwater had filled Butrose Tourky?s car to the roof. Trapped, he thought he was gone. Then his two saviours Jack Burke and S

SIMON CLEAVER was just 12 and Jack Burke, 14, when they helped rescue Brisbane man Butrose Tourky who was trapped in a sinking car during floods at Bexhill on January 20, 2006.

Mr Cleaver said they had been watching Mr Tourky try to cross the flooded road from his parent's house on a hill and went down to the car when they saw it get pushed sideways off the road by the floodwater.

As the vehicle was sinking, front end first, the boys grabbed hold of a log and attempted to smash the rear window but were unable to break it.

By this stage the water level inside the cabin had reached the neck of the driver who was panicking because the electronic windows were jammed.

>> BACKGROUND: Thank God I'm alive: rescued driver thanks Bexhill boys

Neighbours Dale Batchelor and Robert McInerney saw what was happening and swam to the car to help.

The two men told the driver to press the internal boot release button and they helped the driver to pull down the rear seat.

They told the driver to hold his breath and swim out through the boot, which was three-quarters filled with water, and helped pull him out to safety.

It's been almost a decade since the dramatic rescue and Mr Cleaver said he was surprised to learn he would be one of the four people involved to receive a Group Bravery Citation.

"It's pretty cool but I don't feel I deserve it," he said.

"I was a 12 year old and I didn't have that much knowledge of the dangers as I do now. And it was pretty dangerous, there was a drain nearby sucking everything down."

Despite being older and more aware of the dangers, Mr Cleaver said he would still respond the same way if a similar incident occurred.

"I got lucky with recognition," he said. "I think that kind of thing would happen every day without getting recognised."

The Group Bravery Citation is awarded for a collective act of bravery by a group of people in extraordinary circumstances.

Applications are considered by the Federal Government's Australian Bravery Decorations Council which announced the awards in April and August.

Recipients are then invited to a ceremony at their state's Government House.

Topics:  bravery awards floods



Commercial fishers get extension, but it makes no difference

Ballina trawler harbour.

Deadline extended for NSW fishers buying back into the industry

Sex attacker slapped with strict supervision upon release

Violent sex offender's life after jail no walk in the park

Boogie woogie beauty took the world by storm

The grave of Winifred Atwell  at the Memorial gardens at South Gundurimba.

Photo Jacklyn Wagner / The Northern Star

International star who wanted to be buried on the Northern Rivers

Local Partners

David Attenborough on facing his mortality

Sir David Attenborough in a scene from the TV special The Death of the Oceans.

Life without Sir David Attenborough is hard to imagine

Goooodbye Hamish and Andy (from our radios)

Hamish and Andy

The pair have been on air since 2006

Saying "I do" changed Shia's outlook on marriage

Shia LaBeouf has a new outlook on marriage since he tied the knot.

Singer tunes in to first movie role

Tori Kelly voices the character Meena in the movie Sing.

Musician Tori Kelly voices Meena the teenage elephant in Sing

Cricketing greats bring Aussie mateship to commentary box

Cricket commentator Adam Gilchrist.

ADAM Gilchrist enjoys the fun of calling the Big Bash League.

The dead help solve the case

Debut novel delivers on wit, violence and shock

Chinese locked out of Australian property market

The rules are different if you're a foreigner

The buyer was from China - the trouble started right there

Morrison signs off on new affordable rental model

Australia's Treasurer Scott Morrison speaks during a press conference after a meeting of the Council of Federal Financial Relations at Parliament House in Canberra, Friday, Dec. 2, 2016.

Scott Morrison signed off on development of a new financing model

Coast high-flyer's fight back from bankruptcy, $72m debt

Scott Juniper went from millionaire developer to declaring bankruptcy in2012, now he is back on top of his game again with new developments including this one in Coolum.

'Apocalyptic lending storm' causes financial collapse.

How your home can earn you big $$$$ this Christmas

This luxury Twin Waters home rents out over Christmas for more than $6000 a week.

Home owners earning thousands renting out their homes this Christmas

2000 jobs at multi-million dollar Ipswich project

INSIDE: Artist's impressions of the interior of the new Eastern Heights aged care precinct.

Sub-contractors needed to build $15m aged care facility

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!