Manly Local Area Command
Probationary Constable Matthew Flattery
Tuggerah Lakes Local Area Command
Off-Duty Police Officer Saves Swimmer – Bateau Bay beach
An off-duty Police officer has been recommended for a bravery award after saving a swimmer in distress on the state’s Central Coast last week.
About 2.10 pm on Wednesday 20 January, a 21-year-old man became caught in a strong rip at Bateau Bay beach.
The man was carried 300 metres out to sea and was in distress as he was struggling to stay afloat in treacherous conditions.
Off-duty 27-year-old Probationary Constable Matthew Flattery, attached to Manly Local Area Command, entered the water after collecting a body board from another swimmer.
He swam out to the man and helped him hold on to the body board and await rescue. Both were too exhausted to swim back to shore.
Attending Police from Tuggerah Lakes Local Area Command had grave concerns for the welfare of the two as they were unable to be located in the heavy swell.
Surf rescue and a rescue helicopter were called and they still could not be located. From an elevated vantage point, Police directed a jet-ski to the men and they were brought back to shore.
The actions of the Probationary Constable were made with total disregard for his own safety and as a result he has been recommended for a bravery award by responding Police.
“We are very proud of Matt. If it wasn’t for his courageous actions it’s pretty clear a life would have been lost.” Superintendent David Darcy, Commander of Manly LAC said.