Jake happy to return favour

Warren HatelyAugusta Margaret River Times
Jake Fisher.
Camera IconJake Fisher.

One of the region’s young surfers was awarded a silver star for bravery at WA Surf Lifesaving headquarters last Friday.

The award for Jake Fisher came because of an incident on May 2 last year when the then-17-year-old charged into dangerous waters to help a young swimmer in trouble.

The young woman, who was with Jake’s group of friends, struggled amid the big swell and strong currents generated by an offshore storm.

WA’s SLS said Jake swam out to the young woman “without hesitation” and rescued her from continuously dumping waves.

“Jake was able to calm her down, and negotiating the waves and rip, tow her safely back to shore,” a spokesperson said.

“With few others on the beach that day, witnesses say that Jake showed composure and courage, and if not for his quick actions, the outcome could have been very different.”

Jake told the Times he was surprised to get the award.

“It’s just what you do,” he said, “so very surprising to get an award for it.

“I’m just grateful for all the people who have helped me in tricky situations in and out of the water.

“I’m glad to return that favour to the person I helped that day.”

Growing up in Margaret River and an active role with surf lifesaving prepared him well for when his well-honed skills were needed for real.

Margaret River Surf Lifesaving Club president Aaron McRae saluted the youngster’s contribution to the Nippers program which trained lifeguards of the future.

“It’s always a proud moment when one of our young members achieves an award, but to achieve an award for saving a person, well that’s truly special,” he said.

A total of 41 people were honoured at Friday’s ceremony.

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