Jet-skier saves teens from drowning

Last updated 11:43 06/01/2014

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Police have praised the actions of a jet-skier who rescued two teenage boys from drowning at an Eastern Waikato beach yesterday.

The two 15-year-olds had been swimming off Anzac Cove near Bowentown when they got into trouble about 5.30pm.

''It looks like they were swept out in the current after swimming off the deeper end of the beach and they just managed to raise the attention of a jet-skier in the area who dragged them back to shore,'' Senior Sergeant Rod Carpinter said.

The boys were taken to Tauranga Hospital last night.

Carpinter said police would officially recognise the jet-skier's actions.

He urged holidaymakers to follow some basic steps to stay safe in the ocean over summer.

''Always swim between the flags and where possible, swim with a friend. 

''While swimming with your friend or friends know and keep to the limits of your capabilities. If you don't know the area, swim closer to shore, unknown currents and rips can soon become dangerous.''

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