OUR BEACH HEROES
Teenage lifesavers honoured for off-duty rescue of two men
TEENAGERS who saved the lives of two drowning men at Lorne have been honoured with a prestigious Pride of Australia Medal.
Amy Kenny and Hannah Keane had never been involved in a real-life rescue until the off-duty lifesavers dragged the struggling tourists 60m to the safety of Lorne beach.
The girls had just renewed their bronze medallion before rising to the challenge of reallife emergency on a January evening this year.
Now the pair, who met at Nippers almost a decade earlier, have been honoured for their courage, determination and skill by receiving the Pride of Australia award.
“It’s a really great honour to even be nominated for the award,” Hannah said.
“To know that this has had an impact on people’s lives, it is a great feeling.”
Hannah was in Melbourne yesterday for the awards ceremony, which was hosted by the Herald Sun, in partnership with Australia Post and Seven News.
Amy was unable to attend, as she is in India on a trip with Firbank Grammar School.
Both girls are back on the sand this summer at Lorne Surf Life Saving Club.
Hannah said they would both attend a silver medallion camp next week, before beginning patrols for the summer.
While she has not been involved in another rescue since, Hannah said the experience had given her more assurance that she could respond in a similar emergency.
“Because I’m so young … I always expected to be the one watching on during a rescue,” she said. “But it kind of just happened quickly.
“Now I know I’ll feel a lot more confident on patrol.”
“Because I’m so young … I always expected to be the one watching on during a rescue. But it kind of just happened quickly. Now I know I’ll feel a lot more confident on patrol.”
— HANNAH KEANE, pictured (inset) with her Pride of Australia medal and with rescue partner and fellow winner Amy Kenny