Presentation Of The Highest Award Of The Royal Humane Society Of Australasia

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29 October 2009


PRESS RELEASE



PRESENTATION OF THE HIGHEST AWARD OF


THE ROYAL HUMANE SOCIETY OF AUSTRALASIA



The Clarke Medal, awarded annually to recognize the most outstanding act of bravery for

2008 has been awarded to:


Mrs Joanna Margaretha Lucas


The award recognizes Mrs Lucas’ actions in going to the rescue of a man from being

attacked by a shark at Middleton Beach, WA on 10 May 2008.


The 2008 Clarke Gold Medal will be presented to Mrs Lucas


by


Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce, AC

Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia


at

10.00am

on

Monday 2 November 2009

at

WA Police Chapel

81 Lakeside Drive

Joondalup  6027


Media representatives will be welcome from 9.30am.


Contact:


Mr Colin Bannister (03) 9650 3233/Sue Cutler 0400 441 467




E-mail:  bravery@rhsa.org.au


Or visit our Website:



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THE ROYAL HUMANE SOCIETY OF AUSTRALASIA



2008 CLARKE GOLD MEDAL



JOANNE MARGARETHA LUCAS, aged 52 years, of Big Grove, WA, in going to the

rescue of a man who had been bitten by a shark at Middleton Beach, WA on 10 May

2008.


At 7.25pm Mrs Lucas was at the surf club when she heard a man in the water some 80m

out from shore shouting “shark, shark” and that he had been bitten.


Mrs Lucas immediately swam out to the man where there was blood in the water and was

told by the man that he had been bitten on the leg.  She could see a dorsal fin approaching

two other swimmers further out in the surf who were quickly making their way back to

shore.


Mrs Lucas, told the injured man to roll onto his back, took hold of him under the arms

and began swimming him back to shore, re-assuring him and ensuring that  he did not

lose consciousness until they reached safety.



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