Year 12 student, Bella Herbison, has aced her first beach rescue after spotting four youngsters struggling in rough waters at Waimarama Beach. She helped four children aged 7 to 12 who were swept down the beach by strong currents.
“There was a really strong current and the waves were two metres high. I saw these four kids next to me and they were all in life jackets so I tried to keep my eye on them because they didn’t have anyone with them and seemed quite young. The current pushed us all the way past the surf club. I noticed when we were about to go back to surf that these kids were constantly out of breath and the life jackets didn’t seem to be helping them much.”
Bella swam across to the group and helped them to get to shore. When they were all safely back on the beach, Bella noticed their mother who was just about to jump in with her clothes on.
Bella has been a lifeguard for two and a half years. In March this year she also gained her Royal Lifesaving Society Distinction Badge at Napier Girls’ High School.