ACTS OF KINDNESS: Ben Hills presents Sean Riley with a donation. At rear is Sarah Tierney.
ACTS OF KINDNESS: Ben Hills presents Sean Riley with a donation. At rear is Sarah Tierney. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Robbed rescuer rewarded

A MAN who was robbed as he saved the lives of two people has been hit with a random act of kindness, thanks to the crew at Summerland Credit Union, Bangalow.

Shaun Riley, owner of Soul Surf School was walking along Belongil Beach Byron Bay on Saturday afternoon when he spotted two Korean tourists struggling to stay afloat in the water.

Without a thought, he went into action, swimming out to save them, leaving his shirt, sunglasses and wallet on the beach.

He got the two men to shore and with the help of surf lifesavers got the two back to consciousness and called for an ambulance.

He then realised that as he was doing all that, someone had pinched his wallet.

After reading Mr Riley's story in The Northern Star on Tuesday (at left), the team at the Bangalow branch of Summerland Credit Union decided to help him.

Through the Random Acts of Kindness program they have run at their branch, yesterday they handed over $200 to Mr Riley, branch team leader, Ben Hills said.

Mr Riley said he was blown away by this random act of goodwill.

"I'm stoked, it's pretty cool (of the bank)," Mr Riley said.

"I didn't expect it, that's for sure."

"I'm going to donate it back to the Byron Surf Club, give it back to those guys who really help people on the beach."

"I'm really happy, really stoked."

He said that his actions on the beach came without a thought and said that he knew what to do thanks to training.

"I've done my surf lifesaving courses every year with the surf club."

So what does he say to people who may be stepping into the ocean and aren't that confident?

"Just stay between the flags and swim with a friend," he said.



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