Hero lifeguard Kyle Taylor commended for March rescue of unconscious child at South Hedland Aquatic Centre

Alexander ScottNorth West Telegraph
Deputy Mayor Tim Turner, Port Hedland Leisure lifeguard Kyle Taylor and Mayor Peter Carter.
Camera IconDeputy Mayor Tim Turner, Port Hedland Leisure lifeguard Kyle Taylor and Mayor Peter Carter. Credit: Supplied/Town of Port Hedland

A young Hedland lifeguard has been commended for saving a child’s life in March when he rescued the unconscious child from the water at the South Hedland Aquatic Centre.

Kyle Taylor was on duty at the aquatic centre last month when a child visiting the pool jumped into the water before falling unconscious and becoming submerged.

A local alerted Kyle who responded rapidly and rescued the drowning child.

The child regained consciousness a few seconds later, was placed on oxygen therapy and taken to hospital by paramedics where they made a full recovery.

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Mr Taylor is credited with saving the young child’s life.

Town of Port Hedland Mayor Peter Carter said Mr Taylor’s fast actions played a pivotal role in saving the young child’s life.

“Kyle did a fantastic job. In a moment that could have ended tragically, his actions and training supported this positive outcome,” he said.

“I am pleased that Kyle has been formally recognised with a Royal Life Saving WA Bravery Award nomination and a Hedland Youth Award nomination.”

The Aquatic Centre is popular among locals with nearly 8000 visitors in March alone and 9700 across the summer holidays.

ToPH chief executive Carl Askew said that the Town has about 20 lifeguards employed at the Town’s leisure facilities.

“Emergency situations like this happen so fast, but Kyle’s lifesaving training instantly kicked in — all the hard work and extensive training both in and out of the water has helped save a life,” he said.

“The Town is committed to promoting water safety skills and providing water safety education. We are proud that our Aquatic Centres endorse the ‘Watch Around Water’ program to promote awareness and education of parental supervision of children around water.

“It is also a timely reminder to note that the Town offers a range of swimming classes which cater to children and adults of all skill levels.”

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