Rewarded for river rescue

Last updated 16:28 25/06/2014
River rescue

LOCAL HEROES: Jeremy McKenzie (left) and Marlborough Boys' College Head Boy Angus Paule are being officially recognised for their rescue efforts.

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The heroic act of two Blenheim men who rescued a 12-year-old schoolgirl from a flooded Taylor River will be recognised at a ceremony on Monday.

The civic award is to be presented to Marlborough Boys' College head boy Angus Pauley and Blenheim multi-sport champion Jeremy McKenzie at Marlborough District Council chambers.

Marlborough Mayor Alistair Sowman said the award was to recognise the ''outstanding public service and an act of great personal bravery'' by Angus and McKenzie.

Representatives of Marlborough police, St John's Ambulance, Marlborough Boys' College and Bohally Intermediate School had been invited to attend the ceremony.

Police were considering lodging an application with the Royal Humane Society to recognise the bravery of the men, which would be supported by council, Sowman said. Year 7 Bohally Intermediate student Tenishya McIsaac was pulled from the flooded river on June 11, after Angus, who was in the car with his mum on his way to school, saw her in the flood water below High St bridge.

Tenishya, wearing a helmet and with a backpack on, was trying to push her bike across a footbridge when she got swept into the water. Angus dived into the water and managed to pull her on to the river bank with the help of McKenzie.

Council and Marlborough Roads staff met last week to review the rescue of Tenishya to see if extra warnings were needed about crossing a flooded river. 

Council assets and services manager Mark Wheeler said warning signs were put at the main footbridges during floods, but extra bollards and chains may be installed on other key routes on to the riverbank.

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- The Marlborough Express

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