Hero teens hailed by police

March 07, 2018

Two teenagers have heroically put their surf life-saving skills to good use after rescuing a man at Yarrawonga yesterday afternoon (6 March).

Police have been told two men had dived from a bridge into the river near Belmore Street when they got into some difficulty shortly after 4.30pm.

A 30-year-old Queensland man was able to recover himself, but was unable to rescue his companion and swam back to shore.

He raised the alarm at a nearby water park.

The two lifeguards, a 16-year-old girl and a 17-year-old girl, immediately raced with a flotation device into the water and managed to bring the man to safety.

The 19-year-old Queensland man was taken to hospital for observation.

Yarrawonga Leading Senior Constable Welsh said it was a commendable effort by the two young girls.

“I believe if not for their courage and efforts, the incident could have resulted in a very different outcome” he said.

Police will submit a recommendation for the teenagers to be formally recognised for their efforts.

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