CASTRIES, St Lucia, Tuesday October 18, 2016 – St. Lucian Zacheus Dominique, a lifeguard and aqua center employee at Sandals Regency LaToc Golf Resort & Spa, has earned the Commonwealth Mountbatten Medal – second only to the global grouping’s lifetime achievement honours.
Dominique, who is also a member of the St Lucia Life Saving Society – an affiliate of the Commonwealth Royal Life Saving Society – was recognized for his heroics at the LaToc beach on Monday February 23, 2015, when he saved a local resident from drowning and several others from the overall harsh conditions of the rough seas, through his vigilance and persistence.
Sandals Resorts International has committed to covering all of Dominique’s expenses to receive this honour in person at Buckingham Palace next month.
Recently, Sandals LaToc honoured him during a small ceremony at the resort.
In a brief and emotional statement, Dominique again extended condolences to the family of the two other individuals whose lives were tragically lost on the day he saved a life, and pledged to continue to police the beach in the interest of safety and humanity.
The Mountbatten Medal is awarded annually for the most gallant rescue or rescue attempt undertaken in the previous calendar year. The rescue must have been made by the holder, or previous holder, of a lifesaving award delivered by a Royal Life Saving Society Member Branch. It can only be awarded to a citizen from a Commonwealth nation, but the rescue or rescue attempt can be performed anywhere in the world.