The following Brief Ministerial Statement (BMS) was read into Parliament on Tuesday by the Hon Fran Logan MLA, Minister for Emergency Services:
RILEY STILES — JANDABUP RESCUE
Statement by Minister for Emergency Services
MR F.M. LOGAN (Cockburn — Minister for Emergency Services) [2.50 pm]: I would like to take this opportunity to inform the house of a truly admirable rescue that was undertaken by emergency services workers and volunteers over the weekend. On Sunday, Department of Fire and Emergency Services crews rushed to rescue an eight-year-old boy on a Jandabup property who was trapped in a trench, about three metres deep, which had partially collapsed. The shifting sands presented the crews with an immense task and a specialised urban search and rescue team was called in. Little Riley was trapped in a very awkward position with one of his legs bent behind him. At one stage, his head went below the sand. It was absolutely terrifying for Riley and his family.
Riley’s position in the loose sand and the ongoing threat of further collapse presented firefighters with an incredibly delicate and challenging rescue. After two attempts, Riley was finally pulled to safety. It was a fantastic result, which was due to the outstanding efforts and collaboration of all the emergency services responders who attended, just like many of their colleagues do each and every day across the state.
I would like to put on record my thanks and, I am sure the thanks of this house, to everyone who was involved in delivering young Riley safely back into his family’s arms.