Awards for daring sea saves

MARTY SHARPE
Last updated 05:00 01/04/2014

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Four friends who rescued two young women from a dangerous rip at a Hawke's Bay beach have been awarded medals for their actions.

Callum Williams, Lucan Battison, Andrea Skelly and Izaiah Lange, all of Napier, were recognised by the Royal Humane Society yesterday for their rescue of Analisa Tipu, 21, and Leilani Wong, 18, at Waipatiki Beach on January 13 last year.

Williams and Battison swam out to the women, who were being dragged out to sea in a rip.

As they struggled to get back to shore through huge waves, Skelly and Lange went to their aid.

Williams, 16, of Napier Boys High School, said yesterday: "The waves were pretty ridiculous. I didn't really want to go in, but I suppose the adrenaline gets going."

Four police officers, who rescued a boy at another Hawke's Bay beach, were also recognised at the ceremony, led by Napier Mayor Bill Dalton.

Senior Constable Bryan Farquharson and Constable Paul Bailey were awarded bronze medals for their rescue of Joshua McQuoid, 12, on March 10 last year.

Constable Setu Pio and Senior Sergeant Michael Stevenson received certificates of merit for the same rescue.

Joshua was sucked into the surf at Awatoto Beach and was unable to get back to shore.

Farquharson and Bailey leapt into the waves to pull him to shore, but were unable to do so until they formed a human chain with Stevenson, Pio and some bystanders.

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- The Dominion Post

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