COURAGEOUS: Emerald Beach local Shaun Cansdell has been honoured for his selfless actions while searching for a missing swimmer in 2011.
COURAGEOUS: Emerald Beach local Shaun Cansdell has been honoured for his selfless actions while searching for a missing swimmer in 2011. Frank Redward

Lifeguard’s heroic act recognised by police

AN ACT of bravery by a local lifeguard has been recognised by NSW Police.

Local surfer and Coffs Harbour City Council lifeguard Shaun Cansdell was recognised with a Region Commander's Certificate of Merit this week for his exceptional efforts in the search for a missing swimmer at Sandy Beach in 2011.

After reports came through on January 4, 2011 a swimmer was missing at Sandy Beach, Mr Cansdell entered the treacherous rough water and searched for the victim for approximately 20 minutes before locating him.

He commenced CPR while still on his board, then continued resuscitation for over an hour in an attempt to save the life of the victim.

"Mr Cansdell placed his own safety at risk for another and is commended by the NSW Police Force for his selfless, courageous actions," a representative for NSW Police said.

Mr Cansdell, however, played down his actions.

"It's an honour to get an award like this, but to be honest, I was just doing my job.

"I guess it's good to be recognised for what I did, but any other lifeguard would have done the same."


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