Minnie Water nippers come to the rescue
MINNIE Water-Wooli Surf Life Saving Nippers Cody Hinterholzl and Morgen Parkin were enjoying a post-training surf with their friends at Minnie Water Main Beach on Sunday when they heard a shout for help.
Instinct took over and they raced out to two drowning teenagers, Cody yelling instructions to keep calm as he went.
Cody, aged 11, reached the most distressed teen and used his board as a barrier so the swimmer would not drown him in a panic.
He reassured the teen as he climbed on the board and then paddled him in and lifesavers took over.
Morgen, aged 13, reached the swimmer who called out for help and let her float on her board.
Lochlan Elward and Morgen's brother Matt Parkin arrived shortly after to provide support before lifeguards came and took over. Cody's mother, Angela Hinterholzl, said Cody practiced the rescue twice in training and Morgen was a volunteer lifesaver.
"It did not hit us until they got back to the beach, they saved someone," Mrs Hinterholzl said.
The rescue comes in wake of two Sydney Nippers who saved a drowning lady at Pippi Beach on January 10.
It did not hit us until they got back to the beach, they saved someone.
Lifesavers said the teenager Cody saved was 10 seconds away from drowning. Morgen's father, Danny Parkin, said it was important for kids to learn about ocean safety. "All kids should do Nippers so they can learn those skills," he said.
Cody, Morgen, Matt and Lochlan said if you are caught in a rip, don't panic, swim to the side and out of the rip and get attention.
Mrs Hinterholzl said the Minnie Water-Wooli club was gearing up for the North Coast Branch Surf Life Saving Championships next Sunday, so the rescue was perfect training.