Flood victim's family thrilled by bravery award
THE family of flood victim Jane Sheahan is thrilled the brave acts of men who tried to save her have been officially recognised.
Annabelle Simon said her sister would have turned 42 on Sunday had she survived being swept from a flooded causeway at Roma on February 3, 2012.
Wallumbilla man Locke Finch has been awarded a Bravery Medal and Roma man Angus Anderson a Commendation for Brave Conduct as part of this year's Australian Bravery Awards.
Ms Simon said her family was very grateful Mr Finch was able to rescue her nephew Darcy Sheahan, who was seven years old when the incident occurred.
"I was thrilled to hear they were getting bravery awards," Ms Simon said.
She said someone had already nominated them for the awards when she also went to do it.
"They are very deserving and it is great they are getting some recognition because a lot of people wouldn't have done what they did."
According to his citation, Mr Finch saw Mrs Sheahan and her son in water after they had escaped from their car which had been swept off a causeway by fast flowing water.
Mr Finch entered the water and negotiated the turbulent current to swim towards them. He took hold of the mother and son and helped them stay afloat.
After being swept several hundred metres downstream, and struggling to remain afloat, Mr Finch lost his grip on Mrs Sheahan.
He then managed to swim Darcy to safety.
Mr Anderson also attempted to save Mrs Sheahan after witnessing Mr Finch's rescue.
Mr Anderson swam into the middle of the main current and positioned himself against a power pole.
As Mrs Sheahan floated towards him, he attempted to reach her, but she disappeared below the surface.
In difficult conditions, Mr Anderson assisted emergency services personnel to search for the victim whose body was found two days later.
Ms Simon said her sister's death was still very difficult for her family to deal with.
"We remember her every day."