Schoolgirl's family grateful for brave rescuers

DYNAMIC DUO: River Rescuers Jeremy McKenzie, left, and Marlborough Boys College Head Boy Angus Pauley.
DYNAMIC DUO: River Rescuers Jeremy McKenzie, left, and Marlborough Boys College Head Boy Angus Pauley.

A family member of the 12-year-old girl who was swept into the Taylor River in Blenheim last week says words can't express the family's gratitude to the two men who saved her.

Year 7 Bohally Intermediate student Tenishya McIsaac was pulled from the flooded river by 17-year-old Angus Pauley and Blenheim man Jeremy McKenzie on Wednesday.

Nyssa Milne, a cousin of Tenishya's mother, Renee Lyttle, who died last year after an epileptic fit in Wellington, said it was a "huge relief" when Tenishya's extended family in the North Island heard Tenishya was OK.

"Words can't explain how grateful we are," she said.

"On behalf of the entire extended family, just thank you."

Milne was helping her son with his homework at their Taupo home when the story of a 12-year-old girl being rescued from a flooded river in Blenheim came on the news.

"I was talking to my husband and saying how brave and mature this young man was for saving this young girl's life," she said.

Her sister called and told her the girl was Tenishya.

"We have so much gratitude and relief that two amazing men were there at that spot to save her," she said.

Tenishya's auntie, Sara McIsaac, also expressed her gratitude on the Stuff website.

"If you ever happen to read this, I just want to say to you both that I truly appreciate the risk you two put yourselves in to save Tenishya," she said.

"I'm so happy to know that she is alive and well and we have you guys to thank."

Bohally Intermediate principal Andrew Read said a lot of good had come from a bad situation. The Warehouse in Blenheim donated a bike to Tenishya after her bike was swept away. Bohally students had been visited by police who talked to them about river safety, he said.

Tenishya, who can't swim, has also been offered free swimming lessons at Marlborough Lines Stadium 2000.

Stadium chief executive Paul Tredinnick said the free lessons would hopefully restore her confidence around water.

The Marlborough Express