A Typical Aussie Bloke

It’s Friday, which of course on this website means a YouTube video. I suppose I could have chosen the incredible footage of Australian surfer Mick Fanning fighting off a shark which was all caught live on TV.

The video, which has been posted on YouTube, has already received more than 18 million views in the four days it’s been up so far. I’m not surprised, it’s hard to imagine much that could be more dramatic than a man fighting off a shark in the sea.

That sea though was in South Africa and although it did involve an Aussie who has now been hailed as a hero, I decided not to go with it. You’ve probably already seen the video anyway. If you haven’t, click on the image below, supplied by World Surf League, to be taken to their YouTube video…

South Africa Surfer Shark Attack

Australian surfer Mick Flanning is pursued by a shark, in Jeffrey’s Bay, South Africa, Sunday, July 19, 2015. Knocked off his board by an attacking shark, the surfer punched the creature during the televised finals of a world surfing competition in South Africa before escaping. Fanning was attacked by a shark on Sunday during the JBay Open but escaped without injuries. WORLDSURFLEAGUE.COM.

But I do have another Aussie hero to tell you about and I can almost guarantee that you’ve not seen or heard of this one. It is also definitely local, this happened in Brisbane just last week during the middle of our ‘cold snap’.

The story

Let’s get straight to the story.

  • Man driving car has some kind of blackout
  • The road bends, car keeps going straight
  • Car crosses central reservation and two lanes of oncoming traffic
  • Car crashes through the fence and lands with a splash in the Brisbane River
  • Man inside, being crook, is destined to die

But no. He was pulled out of his car and the river by a mysterious hero. By the time emergency services had arrived, the hero was gone.

Unfortunately, the original video I had here of our guy being interviewed on TV and meeting the guy he saved, has been removed. He has been rewarded for his bravery though, here’s an update…


Who is he?

Well, we didn’t find out the answers that question until the guy responsible for the rescue appeared on a program called The Project, a news and current affairs show that is on every day during the week here. It can be both amusing and serious, above all though, it is also typically Aussie.

Why did he leave in such a hurry?

His name was Lincoln Sherlock, an ordinary Aussie guy, a tradie. He left in such a hurry because…….. he didn’t want to be late for work. In fact he got to work before all the other tradies at the job, even though he was very wet.

It was a fascinating interview, which has been well documented in this article by the Brisbane Times.

So, is this really a typical Aussie?

No, not every Australian is like this, but enough are.

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  • Andy Morris July 28, 2015, 8:33 am |

    Great stuff Bob, nice to see someone with such a good heart and by the grace of God, managed to help that poor chap!! Also love your website and blog!! My fiancée and I are hoping to emigrate to Brisbane in the next year!!! We both cannot wait!!

    • BobinOz July 28, 2015, 6:07 pm |

      Yes, if I ever I drive my car into the river, I hope there’s a bloke like this guy around to help me out. Glad you love my website and good luck with your plans to move to Brisbane, great choice of city 🙂

  • Rosy July 25, 2015, 7:38 pm |

    Thanks Bob! It really put a smile on my face. That is such a positive note for the weekend!

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