Brian Dell of Lennox Head received a Certificate of Merit from Surf Life Saving Australia for bravery.
Brian Dell of Lennox Head received a Certificate of Merit from Surf Life Saving Australia for bravery. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Hero praised for saving father, son

IT'S not often that Brian Dell receives thanks for his role with the Alstonville-Lennox Head Surf Life Saving Club.

"That is not why I do it," he admits.

But this week his bravery was rewarded when he was presented with a certificate of merit from Surf Life Saving Australia for rescuing a father and son in Lennox Head last year.

On July 4, 2010, Mr Dell was on his usual morning surf ski paddle from Lennox Head to Boulders Beach when he saw a young boy fall off the rocks into the water at Lennox Point.

"I saw the father jump in fully-clothed," he said.

"I paddled as close as I could to the rocks but then jumped off my ski and swam over. I grabbed the son and put him back on the rocks.

"I got the father and towed him out to sea, about 30-40 metres out from the rocks."

Mr Dell then swam to a nearby fishing boat.

"They came back and picked him up and dropped him to the beach at Lennox Head. I swam back to the rocks where the kids were and walked them to the car."

The conditions were pretty big that day but the biggest concern was the icy water.

"I was worried about hypothermia," he said.

The father who was rescued, Daryl Williams, later wrote a letter to the SLSC thanking Mr Dell for his assistance.

Mr Dell said people were usually quite embarrassed when they were rescued.

"All they want to do is get away and that is just human nature," he said.

"But that is not why I do it. I love surf life saving and I love being involved.

"I love the ocean and the camaraderie."

Mr Dell has been a member of the Lennox Head-Alstonville SLSC for seven years but has been involved in surf lifesaving for about 30 years.



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