Rescuers' bravery earns civic award

21:51, Jun 25 2014
Awatere Valley Rd
DYNAMIC DUO: River Rescuers Jeremy McKenzie, left, and Marlborough Boys College Head Boy Angus Pauley.

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 multisport champion Jeremy McKenzie at Marlborough District Council chambers.

Marlborough Mayor Alistair Sowman said the award recognised the "outstanding public service and an act of great personal bravery" by Angus and McKenzie.

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

Police were considering asking the Royal Humane Society to recognise the bravery of the men, which council would support, Sowman said.

Year 7 Bohally Intermediate student Tenishya McIsaac was pulled from the 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 and was swept into the water. Angus jumped into the water and pulled her out with the help of McKenzie.

Council and Marlborough Roads staff met last week to review whether extra warning signs were needed about crossing a flooded river.

Council assets and services manager Mark Wheeler said 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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