Thank you for saving my life

Lifeguards and Pooyan Shargh
Thursday, 6 July 2017

Body boarder Pooyan Shargh was at Dee Why Beach on the 21st of May 2017 when he had a near fatal spinal injury in the water. He was conscious but unable to move.

In his own words, “I was drowning, waiting for some sort of miracle to survive”

Council lifeguards (Sean Woolnough and Scott Mortimer, pictured) were on duty and noticed Pooyan floating  in waist deep water between the flags and acted fast.

As a result of the merger, Northern Beaches Council’s Beach Services team has made efficiencies resulting in extended weekend patrols at one of its busiest locations Dee Why.

“Lifeguard presence meant our team were able to respond immediately and provide the highest level of care.” said Peter Livanes, Executive Manager for Aquatic Services from Council.

Pooyan is now well on his way to a full recovery and made a special trip back to Dee Why beach to thank the lifeguards who saved his life. He was even handed back his body board back from lifeguards who retrieved it as part of the service.

“If it wasn’t for you guys I never would have seen my family again.”

Mr Livanes said that Northern Beaches Council’s professional lifeguard service conducted over 220,000 preventative actions during the 2016/17 season.  

“I’m extremely proud of the professionalism and work ethic of our team to keep the community safe.  The Northern Beaches has some of the best beaches in the world and our team strives to provide the highest level of beach safety to match. “