Queensland to nominate Mumbai hero for Oz bravery award

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Brisbane, Dec.1 : Queensland Premier Anna Bligh has said she would take steps to ensure that David Coker, one of the Australians trapped by terrorists in Mumbai, is nominated for an Australian Bravery Award.

"From everything I've seen and read, this young man showed remarkable calm under extraordinary pressure, acted selflessly to protect his girlfriend and deserves recognition for that bravery," Bligh told the Townsville Bulletin.

Sydney woman Kate Anstee, 24, and her Townsville boyfriend David Coker, 23, had been in Mumbai only a day, when a bullet broke Anstee's femur and exited through the front of her thigh.

In those circumstances, Coker looked a terrorist in the eye as he scooped up his sweetheart and carried her to safety despite being shot in the legs himself.

Anstee may require further hospital care in Sydney but her Mumbai hospital physician Ashish Kumar Tiwwari told The Daily Telegraph she was doing well.

ANI

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