LIFE SAVER: Jermaine Bolt.
LIFE SAVER: Jermaine Bolt.

Jermaine is a hero looking for work

ALSTONVILLE'S Jermaine Bolt has finished a 10-day stint on a training ship a real lifesaver and he is keen to get work as a deckhand.

The 22-year-old last Tuesday week saved a man known as Des while a crew member on board the ketch Tribal Warrior taking part in a maritime skills training voyage for indigenous Australians.

The rescue of Des, 30, happened off the coast of the Gold Coast.

The Warrior's skipper, David Vincent, had spotted a tinnie spinning out of control.

When the Warrior came closer, Jermaine saw a 'red rag', which was Des, lying face-down and unconscious in the water. It is believed the aluminium boat he was in tipped over when swerving to miss a jet ski.

Des had a gash at the back of his head. Jermaine, with Des's out-of-control tinnie circling, jumped into the water fully clothed, swam 15m to Des and rolled him onto his back. Another trainee from the Tribal Warrior jumped in to help get Des on board the Tribal Warrior's tinnie positioned in between Des and the out-of-control tinnie.

Des was picked up by friends on a passing catamaran and taken to the Gold Coast hospital. Jermaine, an asthmatic, also went to hospital. To give Jermaine a job, phone Wesley Uniting Employment, 6681 2900.


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