BRAVERY AWARDS: Senior Constable Dave Murray, Senior Sergeant Nathan Blain, Sergeant Barry Haran.
BRAVERY AWARDS: Senior Constable Dave Murray, Senior Sergeant Nathan Blain, Sergeant Barry Haran. Contributed

Officer who saved girl from drowning honoured with bravery award

DETAILS of a young girl's rescue from drowning at Carmila Beach have emerged after a policeman was awarded a medal for his bravery.

Senior Constable Luke Rowley received the Bravery Medal on Wednesday for his involvement in the rescue of three people from drowning at Carmila Beach on New Year's Eve, 2013.

Snr Cst Rowley received a call to Carmila Beach during the morning.

He arrived at the beach to find a woman on the beach whose two children had been swept out to sea and her partner was attempting a rescue.

Seeing two figures about 50 metres from the shore, Snr Cst Rowley swam out to a young boy and man. The man was breathless but said a young girl was further out to sea.

The man and boy were able to drag themselves back to the beach.

Snr Cst Rowley could not see the girl so returned to shore where he then spotted her about 200 metres out in the water. He ran to a nearby campsite and borrowed a float board.

He swam out to the young girl, calling reassurance as he went.

He reached her and, with her holding onto his neck, began making his way back in.

Two fishermen arrived and Snr Cst Rowley and the girl were pulled aboard.

Three police from the Whitsundays region and one from Mackay have been awarded the Bravery Medal by the Governor-General of Australia for their actions while on duty.

Senior Sergeant Nathan Blain, Sergeant Barry Haran, and Senior Constable David Murray received their awards on Wednesday for their involvement in rescuing several people during a fire at Magnums backpacker hostel in Airlie Beach in the early hours of September 13, 2015.

Officers Haran and Murray were on patrol when they saw smoke coming from the hostel. They went inside and found smoke and flames coming from the kitchen. They called for back-up and Sen Sgt Blain arrived at the scene.

Officers Haran and Murray went into the smoke-filled building, found three disorientated adults and led them out of the building.

They then heard an elderly couple was unaccounted for. With smoke and flames inside, using clothing as face masks, the three re-entered the building and, with the manager's help, found the couple and get them out.

Once outside, the officers were told there were still people unaccounted for and they again entered the building but were forced to retreat due to the intensity of the smoke.

The officers were not available to comment.

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