The Royal Humane Society of Australia

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Royal Bravery Award Representation


One resident of Western Australia will be presented with a bravery award of The Royal Humane Society of Australasia:

at 4.00pm,on Friday 6 April 2018

at Government House,

The award, one Bronze Medal, will be presented by Her Excellency the Honourable Kerry Sanderson AC, Governor of Western Australia at the investiture of awards within the Order of Australia and the Society.

The award recognizes

  • Mr William Tremlett of Hovea, WA in going to the rescue of a man from drowning at Squeaky Beach, Wilsons Promontory, Vic on 29 March 2017.

Details of the rescue are attached.

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The Royal Humane Society of Australasia, formed in 1874, is concerned with giving public recognition to acts of bravery by making awards to those who risk their own lives to save the lives of others.

Over 8,500 awards have been made in the Society’s 143 years’ history.


To receive the Bronze Medal

WILLIAM TREMLETT, aged 54 years, of Hovea, WA, in going to the rescue of a man from drowning at Squeaky Beach, Wilsons Promontory, Vic on 29 March 2017.

At 2.00pm a man was swimming at Squeaky Beach. The weather conditions were poor and due to the wind the swell was large with unpredictable sets of waves and there was a lot of white wash in the water. The man got into difficulties due to the rough conditions and was caught in a rip and he struggled to stay afloat and was submerged from time to time under the water due to the pounding waves and fatigue. He managed to yell out for help and raised his hand in the air.

Mr Tremlett was on the beach at the time and heard the man’s calls for help. Despite being hit and submerged by the large waves Mr Tremlett swam approx 150m out to the man and took hold of him and slowly swam him back towards the shore. They were both dunked under the water by several large waves and Mr Tremlett lost hold of the man and had to hold onto him by his shorts whilst swimming to the shore.

Once on land the rescued man made a full recovery.