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A NSW Maritime Medal for safety

August 7, 2023 8:35 am in by

Marine Rescue NSW Jervis Bay Commander Kevin Hill has been awarded the NSW Maritime Medal during a ceremony at the Sydney International Boat Show in Darling Harbour.

Minister for Transport Jo Haylen presented the medal to Mr Hill who was awarded the NSW Maritime Medal for Safety.

In his decade with Marine Rescue NSW, Mr Hill has gone above and beyond as a rescue vessel skipper and worked tirelessly to train, educate and encourage boaters to be safe on the waters of Jervis Bay.

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“I went to the boat show today to have a look around, I knew I was in the running for the medal but never thought I would be awarded it,” Mr Hill said.

“I was surprised to receive the medal and am humbled by it,” he said.

Mr Hill said since becoming a volunteer with Marine Rescue NSW in December 2013, two incidents earlier this year standout in his mind.

“In February we saved a father and his daughter who got into trouble while standup paddle boarding inside Jervis Bay off Iluka Beach near Green Patch.

“We rescued them in record time but it was the next day when I was manning the raffle stand at a shopping centre that the family walked in and the mother was overcome with emotion.

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“To see the gratitude on the faces of that family was amazing.

“Within a week though, we went from the best possible outcome to the worst when in an almost identical situation and location with a different family, a young mother didn’t survive,” Mr Hill said.

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