Thu. May 26th, 2022

A man who rescued a woman after she collapsed in rising tides has been recognized for her bravery.

Sam Redfern was on a fishing trip at Cape Keraudren in WA’s Pilbara region in October 2020, when he saw Tania Casotti on a cliff about 500 meters from the shore.

He said she was lying down in the water.

“I decided to pick her up and start carrying her back over the rock shelf,” Mr. Redfern said.

“It took me about an hour and a half to get back to the shoreline.”

Scratches on a man's back and legs that were applied during the rescue.
Sam Redfern sustained multiple injuries during the rescue.(

Delivered by: Sam Redfern


Casotti was taken to the hospital, where it was discovered that she had suffered a brain aneurysm and needed surgery.

Redfern, who hails from Coonabarabran in New South Wales, had not met Mrs Casotti before that fateful day.

“The only thing that went through my mind at the time was that I wanted to come home to my family in NSW and I did not want anyone else’s family to lose their loved one,” he said.

A rock shelf by a large WA beach.
Tania Casotti collapsed in the water when the tide rose at Cape Keraudren in October 2020.(

Delivered by: Sam Redfern


Perfect stranger, ‘complete hero’

Redfern has been awarded a gold cross at the Royal Life Saving WA Bravery Awards.

He was unable to attend the ceremony due to boundary restrictions, so Mrs Casotti accepted it on his behalf.

“If Sam wasn’t there, there was no way I would have survived,” she said.

“He is a complete hero, and I am eternally grateful.”

Redfern said he was shocked to find out he was being honored.


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