The car the two was in rolled several times before coming to a stop. Lachlan quickly checked on his father who was not breathing. Using first aid skills he had learned in school Lachlan known to friends as Lochie performed mouth to mouth resuscitation until his father started to breath on his own. Knowing that in the remote area that they had wrecked would not likely be receiving quick traffic Lochie ran through the wilderness barefoot and hurt himself to get help for his father.
Lochie ran to the only place he knew of in Koolunga where he and his dad had just been, an old tin roofed pub. His persistent knocking at the door woke the owners who called for help.
Kim March, Lachlan’s mother found out about the ordeal at 3 a.m. when the police brought her son home.
He jumped out the window and he ran for help and that just blew me away,” Ms. March said. “For 3 kilometers and it’s pitch dark by yourself . . . for a little boy it’s, like, amazing, so I told him he’s saved his Dad’s life.”
Lachlan was given a bravery award for saving his father’s life. Lachlan suffered seat-belt burns to his neck, two lumps on his head and a graze on his lower back.
Matthew Nally is still in critical condition at Royal Adelaide Hospital where he was taken by helicopter.
The local police chief said Lachlan would receive a bravery award.
“We think it’s one of the more heroic acts we’ve seen here and the police will certainly be recognising that in some form.”