Recognising acts of bravery by bestowing awards on those who risk their lives to save others.

Media release

6 October 2016

A man who paddled out on his surfboard to rescue a surfer bitten by a shark will be recognized tomorrow for his bravery.

The 4.2m great white shark took both the surfer’s legs.

Mr. Darren Rogers took the surfer back to the beach and applied first aid. Despite Mr. Rogers’ best efforts, the surfer died in his arms on Shelley beach, Ballina on 9th February, 2015.

His Excellency, General The Honourable David Hurley, AC DSC (Ret’d), Governor of New South Wales, will present bravery awards on behalf of the Royal Humane Society of NSW at an investiture at Government House Sydney on Friday 7th October at 3.00pm.

A total of 26 medals will be presented by His Excellency as Governor and as Patron of the Royal Humane Society in recognition of those who put their own lives at risk to save someone in immediate danger.

Latest recipients

Riley Elvidge awarded a Silver Medal

Paul Thomas awarded a Silver Medal

Ian Marchant awarded a Bronze Medal