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Tragedy at Bendalong

1987 1st November

The running of the Southern Zone’s Taylor Shield Competition at Bendalong on the 1st November 1987 was unfortunately marred by a tragedy.

The day began as any other competition for the area with the promise of a great day despite some wind – blown choppiness at the start.

At approximately 11:00 AM an unattended float was observed at Berrara Reef by the crews of Gary Allen’s and Bob Crook’s boats. On inspection it was found to belong to Emmanuel Mifsud.

In the ensuing search it was his brother George that eventually found Emmanuel on the bottom. Out of respect for Emmanuel the competition was cancelled and all competitors were informed as they returned to the venue.

Emmanuel leaves behind his parents and two younger brothers, George and David. He was an energetic person who threw himself wholeheartedly into anything he believed in and in all sports in which he competed.

A tireless worker, having held positions within soccer and spearfishing circles, both locally and state-wide he will be sorely missed by all. His contributions to meetings and other events were always entertaining where he could be relied on to liven things up. His efforts behind the scenes at many events such as the 34th National Underwater Championships and numerous coaching courses will also cause his absence to be felt.

Emmanuel G. Mifsud: 31/5/1962 to 1/11/1987