• Matt to be rewarded for his brave ocean rescue

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    MINUTES BEFORE: Matt Flanagan was pictured in his kayak just 20 minutes before the rescue ordeal at Bithry Inlet, New South Wales. PHOTO: Courtesy Matt Flanagan

    A WANGARATTA man will be among 100 other Australians recognised for their courageous acts after his family holiday with his wife on the New South Wales coast quickly turned into a desperate rescue mission.

    Matthew Flanagan will be awarded a Bravery Medal from Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove for his efforts to rescue a Mansfield man, who was clinging to his capsized canoe, from being swept out to sea at Bithry Inlet, NSW on January 18, 2018.

    The 51-year-old said he was staying at a nearby campground called Picnic Point during his holiday, where he and his wife would regularly make their way to Mimosa Rocks National Park to take hikes.

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