Bodyboarder, 15, rescues couple
SAVING lives is just another day at the beach for Cabarita Beach bodyboarder Jayden Casey.
On Monday, January 3, the 15-year-old became a hero when he saved a couple that had been dragged out in a rip.
Chris Lloyd and Nadia Lindop were swept beyond standing depth at South Cabarita beach when the rough conditions became too much for them to handle.
Jayden was instantly into the water to rescue them.
“I was just waiting for my mates to go have a surf when I saw some people trying to swim against the rip,” he said.
“They were okay for a second and then the lady started calling out for help.
“I paddled out and then the lady grabbed onto my board and was telling me not to let go of her.”
The young man was then able to swim to shore with Ms Lindop while the couple’s friend, a man known only as Trevor, attempted to help Mr Lloyd.
“It wasn’t scary until the two guys started yelling out for help,” Jayden said.
“They were so far out, I knew if I went out I’d get dragged into the rip too.
“When they got in to where they could stand I got them with my board and swam in with them.”
The humble bodyboarder said he didn’t consider himself a hero.
“I didn’t think it was a real big deal, even though they were saying ‘Oh you saved my life’,” he said.
The couple was so grateful they wrote a letter to the Tweed Daily News to discover the young man’s identity, after he left the scene without giving his details.
“This selfless young man is a genuine hero, and like many such people, deserves recognition,” Mr Lloyd wrote.
“We would like to place on public record both our appreciation, and the heroism of this young man and our friend Trevor.”