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Life guards’ bravery recognised by Mayor

Life guards’ bravery recognised by Mayor

Two life guards who “risked everything” to save swimmers in distress have been recognised by Waitakere’ City Council.

Ricky Curtin and Doug King were given a bravery citation for their “extreme act of bravery” in saving three lives in the surf at Bethells Beach, Te Henga on 9 February.

Mayor Bob Harvey said WestWave Aquatic Centre life guards Ricky and Doug went to the rescue of three swimmers “without any thought for their own safety.

“Their training and experience certainly came in more than useful. We as a council and as a city, owe them a huge debt of gratitude,” said Mayor Harvey.

Aaron Khan, one of the three swimmers rescued by the pair said the experience was “scary” and that it “felt like an hour”.

Cap pic: WestWave Life guard Doug King accepts the Waitakere City Council citation for bravery.

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