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Two Randwick City Council lifeguards will receive Bravery Medals from the Governor-General Quentin Bryce, for rescuing a man and recovering two bodies from a stormwater drain in perilous surf conditions north of Maroubra Beach.

The lifeguards, Peter Halcro and Paul Moffatt, will both be awarded a Bravery Medal, an Australian Bravery Decoration.

The rescue and recovery took place in January 2008 after flash flooding swept three people, who were in a stormwater drain in Randwick, down to the ocean outlet.

Mayor of Randwick Councillor Scott Nash said the Bravery Medals were a deserving honour for the two dedicated Randwick City Council lifeguards.

"On that fateful day in January 2008, Peter and Paul, both long-serving lifeguards at Maroubra, went far and beyond the call of duty in their heroic actions," Mayor Nash said.

"Conditions were highly dangerous, and they risked their own lives in the process of retrieving the two bodies, and rescuing the survivor. We are extremely proud of both of them. In the course of doing their jobs, they do everything possible to ensure the safety of locals and visitors who enjoy our beautiful Maroubra Beach."

Media enquiries: 
Katie Moses  0420 277 567   katie.moses@randwick.nsw.gov.au
Josh Hay  0402 351 459   joshua.hay@randwick.nsw.gov.au 

Date published: 20 March 2012