Bravery awards for rescuers
THREE members of the Brunswick Valley Rescue Association (VRA) and a local resident have been recognised for their bravery in saving two children from a car washed away by flood waters near Mullumbimby three years ago.
At a Tweed-Byron Local Area Command ceremony at Tweed Heads PCYC on Wednesday, VRA volunteers Sue Biggar of Ocean Shores, Chris Foster of Myocum and Tony Collings of Brunswick Heads were presented with certificates of merit for their role in the dramatic rescue at Upper Wilsons Creek on October 3, 2010.
The three were among seven people who helped rescue a four and six-year-old trapped in a station wagon that was washed off a causeway by flood waters at 11.30pm.
Resident Jason Karabash, a family friend of the children, waded through the flood-waters to secure the rope to the car without any kind of safety equipment.
Mr Foster said the two children had been curled up asleep in the back of the vehicle throughout most of the rescue despite the front part of the vehicle being under water.
"We saw them the next day and they thought it was a bit of a lark," Mr Foster said.
"Mum was more of a case than they were."
Tweed Heads-based officer Senior Constable Mark Maxwell and Constable Robert McCallum based at Byron Bay were also recognised for their bravery in a separate incident at Brunswick Heads on May 12, 201l.
The pair arrested a very aggressive man, armed with a chisel and handsaw, having a psychotic episode.