Mystery saviour dobbed



THE "mystery saviour" of two nine-year-old boys who faced drowning in a deadly rip off Hastings Point on the weekend has been dobbed in by mates.

Media-shy and humble Banora Point maths teacher John Besgrove yesterday admitted that he, helped by a youth, identified as a teenager named Josh, had brought the boys to shore.

Billy King and his mate Jacob Johnson, both nine, were swept out to sea by a strong rip near the mouth of Cudgera Creek during school holidays last Tuesday morning watched by Billy's terrified mum, Lisa.

Suddenly, a man swimming with his young family about 20 metres further north, realised the boys were in trouble and swam to help.

Yesterday Mrs King went public to thank the "mystery saviour" and Mr Besgrove's mates, having a day out at the Murwillumbah races, decided to let the world know who the mystery man was.

Mr Besgrove, who teaches maths at St Joseph's School, Banora Point, said: "It was just one of those things".

"We were just lucky to be there. They (the boys) were washed out a fair way. I didn't want to do it to be honest with you. But I couldn't let them drown."

Mr Besgrove said he had to help the boys swim "out and around" rather than swimming against the rip in a rescue that may have taken 10 minutes but seemed like half-and-hour.



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