Nominate your search and rescue heroes
Nominations are now open for the 2017 Australian Search and Rescue Award.
The National Search and Rescue Council (NATSAR) is calling for nominations for this year's Australian Search and Rescue Award which recognises outstanding contributions to search and rescue in the Australian region.
First awarded in 1996, the award is open to any individual or organisation and may relate to a particular event or a sustained contribution to search and rescue over a period of time.
The successful nominee will have made a significant contribution to Australia's search and rescue ability or to the saving of a human life.
Any person or organisation can nominate candidates for the award using the official nomination form. Award nominations relate to the financial year and any incident should have occurred during the period 1 July to 30 June. More information is available here.
All nominations should be sent to the NATSAR Council Secretariat by 5.00pm on Friday 1 September 2017. The winner will then be announced at the 41st NATSAR Council meeting in October 2017.
The inaugural winners of the award were Senior Constable Aherne, Senior Constable Griffiths and MICA Officer Lamb of the Victorian Police Air Wing for their efforts in the rescue of three men stranded on a sinking trawler in Bass Strait in 1995. In the same year two Highly Commended Awards were presented to Kevin Bald for his efforts in the rescue of a man off Kangaroo Island and to Sergeant Richard Mostard of the Bairnsdale Water Police, Victoria, for the rescue of a person from an upturned trimaran south east of Gabo Island.
Last year's winners were a Queensland father and son, John and Innes Larkin, who were presented with the award for their outstanding contribution to search and rescue within Mount Barney National Park, Queensland.